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THEATO Michel (1877-1919) France - Luxemburg / Track and field
When Michel Theato won the marathon at the Paris games in 1900 he was dismayed to be refused the prize. The judges had decided that the course of the race did not comply with regulations.After they had received expert opinion they decided that the Paris circuit had after all conformed to the regulations and Theato was given his gold medal. This ceremony took place twelve years after the race in Stockholm. The debate had raged for ten years.Theato was deemed at the time to be a French citizen, but it was discovered many years later that he was in fact from Luxemburg. He might thus have been the first athlete ever to win a gold medal for the Grand Duchy, long before Josy Bartel did so in 1952.
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