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1500 METER RACE, 1912 STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS

In this photo Jim Thorpe (second from left) is on the starting line for the 1,500 meter race, the final event of the pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Ferdinand Bie of Norway was favored to win. Bie and Avery Brundage (far right), who would later head the International Olympic Committee, took the lead. Jim held back until the second lap, then challenged the leaders. On the final lap, he pulled ahead and won the race and the pentathlon with a time of 4 minutes and 44 seconds. Several days later, on July 15, 1912, the final event of the Games was the 1,500-meter race for the decathlon. Thorpe not only won, but improved his time, setting a new Olympic record of 4 minutes and 40 seconds.

thorpe starting line
 
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A Moira Productions Film in association with Datline Productions, 2008, Lillian Lincoln Foundation