Italian runner (1885-1942) who finished first in the marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London but was subsequently disqualified: succumbing to utter exhaustion at the end of the race, Pietri fell several times and was helped back to his feet by officials. Although he managed to finish in first place, Pietri was disqualified for receiving assistance and the gold medal was given to the runner-up, American distance runner Johnny Hayes. Desirable ink signature, "Pietri Dorando,” on an off-white 7.5 x 5.75 album page bearing an original elaborate artist's sketch commemorating the "Marathon Race" held at the London Olympics on July 24, 1908, in which Pietri was disqualified after finishing first. Also signed vertically in the left margin by Italian rower Giuseppe Sinigaglia, "A remembrance of the 'Diamond Scull,' Giuseppe Sinigaglia." In very good to fine condition, with light toning and soiling.
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