This is an old image from Getty Images but reproduced in a pack of postcards published by The Olympic Museum in the London 2012 Collection.
It shows Dorando Pietri, and Italian runner taking part in the marathon. He was the first to enter the stadium for the final laps but went in the wrong direction. He collapsed more than once but was eventually helped over the line by the two officials as you can see in the picture.
Sadly, for this reason he had to be disqualified although the next day Queen Alexandra presented him with a special consolation prize.
For me, this image conjures the spirit of the Olympics as much as, if not more than, any image from the modern technical and money driven Games.
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