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Tommy Hampson collapsed after 800m win, 1932 Olympics

Tommy Hampson collapsed after 800m win, 1932 Olympics


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Tommy Hampson collapsed after 800m win, 1932 Olympics

Thomas " Tommy" Hampson (1907 1965), British athlete, winner of the 800 metres at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Pictured on the front cover of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News lying unconscious on the ground, surrounded by concerned officials, after winning in a record breaking time. Several minutes elapsed after the race before Hampson recovered and could celebrate his victory. Date: 1932

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1932 Athlete Athletes Athletics Breaking Collapsed Distance Dramatic Exhausted Exhaustion Lying Medal Medallist Metres News Officials Olympics Record Runner Runners Sporting Sportsman Sportsmen Tommy Unconscious Victory Winner Winners Winning 800m Hampson


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Tommy Hampson's Historic and Exhausting 800m Victory at the 1932 Olympics: A Moment of Triumph and Trials In this iconic image from the 1932 Summer Olympics, British athlete Thomas "Tommy" Hampson (1907-1965) lies unconscious on the ground, surrounded by concerned officials, moments after shattering the record in the 800m final. Hampson's triumphant win, captured on the front cover of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, marked a significant moment in athletics history. The 25-year-old Hampson, who hailed from Great Britain, had outpaced his competitors with an impressive time of 1:46.08 minutes. However, the grueling race took a heavy toll on the young runner, leaving him exhausted and unable to celebrate his victory immediately. Several minutes elapsed before Hampson regained consciousness, allowing him to bask in the glory of his hard-earned gold medal. Hampson's victory in the 800m event was a testament to his determination, grit, and athletic prowess. His record-breaking performance added another chapter to the annals of Olympic history, inspiring generations of middle-distance runners to come. This evocative image encapsulates the raw emotion, intensity, and triumph of the Olympic Games, as well as the human spirit that drives athletes to push their limits and achieve greatness.

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