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Johnny Hayes

Born: Apr 10, 1886

Death: Aug 25, 1965

Birthplace: Nenagh

Nationality: United States

Johnny Hayes

Date of Birth : Apr 10, 1886
Date of Death : Aug 25, 1965
Birth Place : Nenagh

John Joseph "Johnny" Hayes was an American athlete, a member of the Irish American Athletic Club, and winner of the marathon race at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Hayes' Olympic victory contributed to the early growth of long-distance running and marathoning in the United States. He was also the first man to win a marathon at the now official standard distance of 26 miles 385 yards when Olympic officials lengthened the distance to put the finish line in front of the King of England's box. Born in New York City to a family of Irish emigrants, Johnny Hayes is probably best known for winning the controversial marathon race at the London Olympics. Hayes is one of only three male American athletes to win the Olympic Marathon,. In 1905 he had joined Bloomingdale Brothers as an assistant to the manager of the sporting goods department. At night he trained on a cinder track on the roof of the Bloomingdales building in New York. He was promoted to manager of the department after returning from his Olympic victory. Hayes started his athletics career with a fifth place finish at the 1906 Boston Marathon, running for the St. Bartholemew Athletic Club in a time of 2:55:38.

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