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Controversy at London's 1908 Olympics

26 July 2012 Last updated at 11:05 BST

If you think controversy at the Olympics is a modern phenomenon, the 1908 Games will make you think again. Rows over rules were rife, and the so-called 'British sense of fair play' was conspicuous by its absence.

But along with the scandal, 1908 produced a truly memorable marathon and set the standard for future Olympics.

David Eades looks back to the first time London hosted the Games.