Jack Price and the 1908 Olympic marathon / Luke J. Harris

Harris, Luke J.

The 1908 Olympic marathon is one of the most written about events in modern Olympic history, with the main protagonists being the feature of many articles and chapters. Almost absent from this extensive histography is a detailed explanation about the performance of the eleven British athletes that began the race. This chapter’s intention is to begin to undercover the story of one of the British athletes, Jack Price, a resident of Halesowen, Worcestershire and a representative of Small Heath Harriers from Birmingham. A range of sources will be examined to explain the reasons why not only Jack Price but all of the British athletes failed in this pivotal Olympic event.

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