Abebe Bikila

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“At 23 miles Jim Hogan was half-dead, slumped on the ground, hoping strangers would understand the universal gesture for “water, please”. He was a pathetic loser – and my hero, then and now.”

The subtitles on the screen say “Tsubaraya of Japan is second. About four kilometres to go”. We cut to a pale, skinny man walking – but why walking? –(...)

Jim Hogan, who has died aged 81, was the only Irish winner of the European marathon title, which he won while wearing a British singlet in 1966. He ha(...)

Irish athlete Jim Hogan in action during a Cross Country race on Epsom Downs, 18th January 1964. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

The only thing we knew for sure about Jim Hogan was that his name wasn’t actually Jim Hogan. He was born Jim Cregan, in Croom hospital in Limerick, on(...)

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and Jim Hogan of Ireland compete in the Men’s Marathon during the Tokyo Olympics on October 21, 1964. Photograph: The Asahi Sshimbun via Getty Images

October 21st, 1964 He remembers the marathon starting sometime around the middle of the day. It was warm alright, humid and cloudy. But it wasn’t too(...)

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