One of the familiar faces and episodes in the 1964 Olympic Film was Jim Hogan running after Bikila in the marathon, but finally succumbing to the wall and dehydration and literally begging for water while sitting on the curb of the road. We knew little of this game runner but some of his history is revealed in this following story from the Irish Times. R.I.P, Jim and we'll remember your efforts.
These were our words about Jim Hogan a few months ago when describing the 1964 Olympic Marathon.
Ron Clarke, running his first high level marathon, is out to make up for what has been a disappointing Olympics so far. He and Jim Hogan of Ireland lead through 15K, but by 20K it is Abebe Bikila who has taken over. Clarke would say later, “I know now that marathon running takes special training”. Hogan is the only one to stick with the defending champion, but by 25K Bikila's lead is 10 seconds. At 30K it is 40 seconds and by 35K it has grown to . Shortly thereafter Hogan's brave effort to stay with the great Ethiopian takes its toll and he retires.
He appears at 5 min. 30 sec. of this youtube clipof the race.
I also found this tribute to Jim from his nephew Vybarr Cregan-Reid
on his blog in 2013. Apparently Jim was a proponent of barefoot running.