Category: Stories

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXIV) – London 2012: TIKI GELANA (1987-)

London 2012 Olympic Park London became in 2012 the first city hosting the Olympic Games for a third time, after doing so in 1908 and 1948. To do so, it… Read more »

ORIGINS AND EVOLUTION OF THE MARATHON IN ARGENTINA

Stands of the Sociedad Sportiva Argentina Athletics arrived in Argentina at the hands of the British, who organized the first athletic competitions in Buenos Aires in 1867. Important clubs at… Read more »

THE ORIGINS OF THE MARATHON IN MEXICO

Juan Ruiz, Gustavo Ramírez & Juan Medrano, first three positions in the first marathon in Mexico on November 27, 1910 (El Tiempo Ilustrado, nº 49, December 4 1910) Athletic competitions… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXIII) – Beijing 2008: SAMUEL WANJIRU (1986-2011)

Wanjiru running to victory in Beijing 2008 Olympics “The speed of the falling water is constant. I think that is how a marathon race is supposed to be run on… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXII) – Beijing 2008: CONSTANTINA DIṬĂ (1970-)

Diṭă victorious at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Marathon Beijing won the voting to hold the 2008 Summer Olympics, defeating bids from Toronto, Paris, Istanbul, and Osaka. The Chinese government invested… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXI) – Athens 2004: STEFANO BALDINI (1971-)

”It was an unbelievable sensation, because Panathinaiko is the story of the marathon.” Stefano Baldini Once again, the men´s marathon would mark the end of the Summer Olympics, on August… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXX) – Athens 2004: MIZUKI NOGUCHI (1978-)

Mizuki Noguchi winning the 2004 Olympic marathon “I want to keep running until my legs break down for good.” Mizuki Noguchi The 2004 Summer Olympics saw the Olympic Games go… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIX) – Sydney 2000: GEZAHEGNE ABERA (1978-)

“I had never run just to participate; I always ran for victory.” Gezahegne Abera After the women´s marathon, which finished with victory for the Japanese Naoko Takahashi, next in line… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXVIII) – Sydney 2000: NAOKO TAKAHASHI (1972-)

“I would get up at 6:30 and run 50 km before breakfast. Then another 20 km. It was rough but I didn’t dislike it. I had to suck it up…. Read more »