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39 Unforgettable Olympic Scandals Through History

1908: Halswelle Wins 400m Gold

In 1908, American John Carpenter was disqualified from the 400 meter race for blocking British competitor Wyndham Halswelle, who attempted to pass him. A second race was scheduled, in which Halswelle would have faced two other American contenders, but they both boycotted the race to protest Carpenter’s disqualification. As a result, Halswelle won gold in the only walkover in Olympics history.

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