The 50 Biggest Fails in Summer Olympics History

30. The Original Marathon Cheater

Who: Fred Lorz
Olympics: St. Louis 1904

Before Rosie Ruiz at the 1980 Boston Marathon, American Fred Lorz cheated his way to victory in the marathon at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. After running the first nine miles, Lorz got a ride for the next 11 miles until the car broke down. He walked the final six miles and won easily. Spectators called him out and he admitted to cheating, but he created a strategy that would live on for generations.

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