1900: The runners in the marathon at the Paris Olympics included the aptly named Champion and Fast. Emile Champion of France finished in second place and Ernst Fast from Sweden in third.
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1909: A year after his last-gasp victory and disqualification in the London Olympics, the Italian runner Dorando Pietri returned for another marathon. On 18 December, in a race run on a coconut-matting track around the interior of the Royal Albert Hall, Pietri retired after almost 500 circuits, leaving C.W. Gardiner to win in just over 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Source: John Richard Thackrah, The Royal Albert Hall (1983), p. 152
1964: Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila won the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics less than six weeks after an operation to remove his appendix.
Source: David Wallechinsky, The Complete Book of the Olympics (2004), pp. 294–5