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France desires U.S. to return 1904 Olympic runner’s medals

Albert Corey was one of many heroes of the 1904 Olympic Video games after profitable two silver medals within the marathon and 4 mile staff race.

He was hailed as an American monitor star, with the 26-year-old’s identify happening in historical past on the first video games the place gold, silver and bronze medals had been awarded to members.

However Corey was in truth French and 117 years on from his Olympic success, France desires his medals returned and the document books set straight.

A neighborhood councillor in Corey’s residence city of Meursault has requested the French Olympic Committee to press the problem with the Worldwide Olympic Committee after discovering his story by probability.

 

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Albert Corey gained two Olympic silver medals for the U.S. on the 1904 Olympic Video games however a historian in France has revealed he was in truth French. Now, France desires his medals again and the document books set straight. /AFP

Albert Corey gained two Olympic silver medals for the U.S. on the 1904 Olympic Video games however a historian in France has revealed he was in truth French. Now, France desires his medals again and the document books set straight. /AFP

 

“France didn’t formally take part in these Olympics [in 1904],” Clement Genty advised AFP. “After digging a bit deeper, we found there was a French citizen residing in America who took half within the Olympics and gained two silver medals.”

Corey was born in Meursault in 1878 and enrolled within the French military in 1896 however data present that in 1903 he went absent with out depart after fleeing to America to pursue his working dream.

Then aged 25, Corey had excelled as a runner within the military ranks, breaking the 160 kilometer document in 1899. When he arrived in America, he joined a working membership in Chicago and was picked to characterize the First Regiment Athletic Affiliation of Chicago on the 1904 video games in St Louis. 

Corey completed third within the marathon however was upgraded to second place after the gold medalist, Fred Lorz, was discovered to have cheated by hitching a elevate in a automobile. 

Half of the members dropped out at numerous levels of the race due to the sweltering warmth however afterwards Corey boasted to newspaper reporters that he “may’ve completed yet another lap.”

 

Corey celebrates his Olympic success after profitable a silver medal within the marathon. /AFP

Corey celebrates his Olympic success after profitable a silver medal within the marathon. /AFP

 

Gold was awarded to British-born American Thomas Hicks in a time of three hours, 28 minutes and 53 seconds to beat Corey by six minutes. Corey was nearly 13 minutes forward of the bronze medalist.

Corey went on to win one other silver medal as a part of a staff within the four-man, 4 mile relay occasion on the similar video games, however that medal was assigned to a “blended staff” reasonably than the U.S.

Historian Genty says the IOC have now agreed to rectify Corey’s nationality. He added: “The IOC advised me they acknowledge the truth that he is French, however that since he was competing for an American membership, the victory was awarded to America. 

“They stated they’d replace their web site to incorporate his nationality, so that there is a distinction between the nation for which an athlete competes and the nation from which they hail.”

His unbelievable story has even shocked Corey’s family, who had been unaware of his story. Serge Canaud, Corey’s nice grandson, stated:”It is loopy, it simply feels actually unsuitable. I have been enthusiastic about it for some time now… What I discover shocking is that somebody within the household will need to have identified about it or talked about it, however I had completely no thought.”

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