Abebe Bikila, Marathon, Rome, 1960
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Having scouted the location earlier in the day, John Zimmerman captured this dramatic photo, considered one of the finest sports photographs, at the conclusion of the 1960 Rome Marathon.
“To see the marathon–lit by torchlight and run by a man who was barefoot–end at the floodlit Arch of Constantine was very special. Here, Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila, a palace guard for Emperor Haile Selassie, wins the race in record time.”
“As if lit by Fellini”
- Polina Astakhova, Rome, 1960
Bobby Joe Morrow, Melbourne, 1956
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Bobby Joe Morrow wins 1956 Olympic 4 x 100 meter relay.
This image of track star Bobby Morrow beautifully captures the moment of triumph for an athlete against the dramatic backdrop of the Olympic stage. This photograph of Morrow winning the 4 x 100 meter relay was recently discovered in the Sports Illustrated photo files during a 2010 project archiving the work of photographer John G. Zimmerman.
Bobby Joe Morrow would emerge as one of the American heroes In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. In addition to the 4 x 100 meter relay he would also win gold in the 100 and 200 meter races.
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