Two silvers, no gold

At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden's Anders Ahlgren fought Finland's Ivor Böhling in the final of the wrestling light heavyweight class. The pair wrested for nine hours without a winner emerging and the officials declared the match a tie. Neither of the two was awarded a gold medal, both receiving silver medals instead. 

Raw steak and salad inspire a future military great

When George S. Patton, Jr was preparing for the modern pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm he used to eat a plate of raw steak and salad after each training session. On the final day of the competition, he prepared for the cross-country run by receiving an injection of opium. The regime saw Patton finish fifth. He later found greater fame for commanding the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European during World War Two and for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

The Olympic marathon runner who took more than 50 years to finish the race

Kanakuri Shizō, a Japanese marathon runner, went missing during the race at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He stopped at a party taking place in a villa on the marathon route in order to quench his thirst, then caught a train to the Swedish capital and left the country the next day. He returned to Japan without notifying race officials. But 50 years later, after being invited back by the Swedish authorities, he completed the race with an unofficial time of 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds. Portugal's Francisco Lázaro died from heat exhaustion during, the only athlete to die during the running of an Olympic marathon.