The Destiny of Ali Mimoun
As long as he could remember, Alain Mimoun had wanted to be French. In fact, he wanted to be French even more than he wanted to
beat Emil Zátopek, and he couldn't say more than that. In any case, Emil was practically unbeatable. What's more, Emil was his friend. Whereas he, Mimoun had shed blood for France. That was the ultimate bond, the contract, the vouchsafe. Better than any birthright. Ironically, it was in the beating of Emil Zátopek that Alain Mimoun would come closest to his life's ambition.
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Pat Butcher is a writer, journalist, television producer and commentator; and also operates a media service for several top road races around the world.
Although writing occasionally on subjects of general interest, his speciality is track and field athletics.
He first attended the Olympic Games in Munich 1972; and has covered all World Athletics Championships and Olympic Games as writer and/or commentator since 1980.
Please consult the menu for links to a variety of projects, from the highly acclaimed book, The Perfect Distance: Ovett & Coe, The Record Breaking Rivalry; to the television documentaries, Arabian Knight, The Story of Said Aouita and Race For Kenya; to the radio programmes Sport In the Movies and Coe & Ovett in Moscow; to various newspaper, magazine and website articles; and links to the events which he helps publicise across the world.
Unless otherwise accredited, all pictures on this site are from Victah Sailer at www.photorun.net
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April 22, 2013
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