Subsequent marathons didn’t go off quite as smoothly. In the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, Cuban runner Félix Carvajal saved up enough money to travel to the Games. But on a layover in New Orleans, he gambled away the rest of his savings and had to hitchhike to St. Louis. He showed up for the race wearing dress shoes and long pants. A fellow competitor cut the legs off Carvajal’s trousers. He finished fourth overall… More here.
Hard to criticise Tokyo after reading some of these.