Obits

VĚRA ČÁSLAVSKÁ R.I.P.

Vĕra Čáslavská, Olympic hero, gymnastic innovator and national icon of resistance to totalitarianism has died in her home town of Prague, Czech Republic at the age of 74. Competing for the then Czechoslovakia, the peerless gymnast who introduced a dynamic athleticism into […]

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REMINISCENCES OF RON

Ron Clarke, one of the all-time greats of long distance running has died, far too early. Setting close to a score of world records, and taking huge chunks off the best times for the classic 5000 and 10,000 metres events in the 1960s, the Australian more than justifies his central place in a pantheon of […]

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ONE OF THE GODS

With the death of Chris Chataway on Sunday morning, British and world athletics has lost not only a champion and world record holder, but a Renaissance man. Sir Christopher Chataway was a world class athlete, broadcaster, government minister, businessman, and retired as Head of the Civil Aviation Authority. He also kept running throughout his life, […]

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ALAIN MIMOUN, RIP

Alain Mimoun, one of those rare athletes, who was equally dynamic in and outside competition, has come to the end of the road which he so distinguished by his presence. The Algerian-born Frenchman, an Olympic gold and three-time silver medallist, died on Thursday evening, at the age of 92. Mimoun, whose original first name was […]

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Ecce Homo

It was a tiny gesture, but it spoke volumes. Two years ago, an already frail and forgetful Emil Zatopek was introduced to the wife of a visitor to the Prague Marathon, of which Zatopek was patron. Prompted by his still vibrant wife, Dana – herself an Olympic gold medallist – Zatopek rose unsteadily from his […]

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