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Hayes, Johnnylocked

(10 April 1886–23 August 1965)
  • John A. Lucas

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Hayes, Johnny (10 April 1886–23 August 1965), Olympic marathon champion and professional runner, was born John Joseph Hayes in New York City, the son of poor Irish farming parents (names unknown) from the town of Nanagh, Tipperary, located near the river Shannon. He spent much of his youth running through the streets of Manhattan and was described as a 5′ 4″, 125-pound “nickled steel athlete, black-haired, blue-eyed, freckle-faced, with a ton of confidence in himself.” He joined the St. Bartholomew’s Club as well as the Irish-American Athletic Club and began his career as a long-distance runner....

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