The 1908 London Olympics

Published 1:19 PM ET, Wed July 11, 2012
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On the verge of collapse, marathon runner Dorando Pietri is helped across the finish line at the 1908 London Olympics. The Italian was subsequently disqualified and the title given to John Hayes of the U.S. Getty Images
Marathon runners set off from Windsor Castle, cheered on by crowds as they race towards the Olympic Stadium in White City. Getty Images
A marathon runner is examined by a doctor ahead of the event. However the check-up didn't appear to help Pietri, who fell down five times in the last 2km of the race. He was helped back up by umpires each time. Getty Images
The Swedish team march past spectators during the opening ceremony, held on April 27. Getty Images
Danish gymnasts cut a stark contrast in their white finery against the backdrop of the arena, on July 14. Getty Images
British swimmer Henry Taylor with his very proud trainer after winning the 400 meters. Getty Images
Captains of the Swedish and English tug-of-war teams shake hands at the tournament held in Crystal Palace. Getty Images
The Swedish water polo team training in London. Getty Images
A packed stadium cheers on cyclists during a race. More than 100 years later, the 2012 London Olympics boasts a specially-built Velodrome for cycling, with seating for 6,000 competitors. Getty Images