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His story contains a great lesson
for Chicago boys. .-Editor.) f
I won the Olympic marathon in
.England.jn 1908 because I had
trained for it ever since I was a
kid;because "every leisure mo
ment and all of my energy during
my boyhood were devoted to
wording up to that end.
vWhen a boy in knickerbockers
the story of the soldier of Mara
thon filled me with an ambition
to duplicate the feat in record1
time. So I set about training for
it. And the training carried
through years of discouragement
and hard, tedious work, but I kept
In the elimination races at Bos
ton, to decide who would repre
sent the United States in the
English marathon race, I finished
second to Morrissey. He beat me
by only a few seconds and my
spurt during thelast 500 yards of
the race, caused the committee to
take me to Europe.
Whenl the starting gun was
fired for the Olympic marathon
I knew I was in the raceof my!
lite, against the best distance run
ners in the world. And I realized
my brains, as well" as my legs,'
must be used to bring -victory.
I started at an easy trot and;
maintained the pace for more
than ten miles. Other runners
were, passing me constantly, but
this didn't worry me; in fact, I
was glad, because experience ha.d
taught me that the man who lays
back in a long race is the man
"who has the speed and strength
at the finish.
Around the 18th mile I began
to go a bit faster and just as I
was finishing 'the 19th mile I
found Longboat had dropped out.
I knew I had passed other run
ners, but it was not until I was
in the twenties that my trainers
along the route tipped me that I
was third. Dorando was leading
me by a wide margin, closely fol
lowed by Hefferon, the African
Then I began to speed it up.
The easy pace I had maintained
hadn't tired me and there'seemed
to be a lot of power in my legs.
Just before I arrived in sight of
the enclosure I spotted Hefferon
and went a bit faster. I passed
him ay I was going into the sta
dium. Dorando was perhaps 200 yards
ahead of me as I started on the
last lap. I saw he was wobbling
and knew the terrific pace he had
been setting all the way "was tell
ing on him. I pulled myself to-
gether for the last spurt and tore
along over the' track.
I was closing the gap rapidly,
when Dorando staggered a.nd fell.
His trainers picked him up and
carried him across the line, 75 or
100 yards ahead of me.
The judges disqualified Do-i
rando because he was helped
across the line and gave me the
victory. And I certainly was
glad-; partly because I had ac
hieved i the greatest ambition of fl
my boyhood and partly because
I won for America the biggest
event of the meet.
No woman can lace herself as
tight as a man can drink himself.