pat-butcher

Introducing…

Pat Butcher is a writer, journalist, television producer and commentator, now concentrating mostly on books and blogging.

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 recently published QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek; to the highly acclaimed The Perfect Distance: Ovett & Coe, The Record Breaking Rivalry, which is being made into a film; to the television documentaries, Arabian Knight, The Story of Said Aouita and Race For Kenya; to the radio programme Great Lives; and to various newspaper, magazine and website articles.


Latest Posts

ONCE UPON A TIME IN EAST AFRICA

Published on August 14, 2017

  For close to 40 years, Kenyan athletes have been revising expectations in middle and long distance running, with occasional forays into the 400 metres and hurdles and perhaps more surprisingly the javelin. I intend no insult when I say that the latter are welcome departures for what is essentially still a third world country, […]

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GOLD-LITE!

Published on August 13, 2017

  There will be those of you, including the folks at UK Athletics who think that winning two medals, gold and silver in the 4×100 metres relay last night somehow absolves the British team (and thus administration) from a largely poor show in the IAAF World Championships 2017. Yes, in addition to Mo Farah’s gold […]

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‘CHASING MEDALS

Published on August 12, 2017

  The Americans have won more steeplechase medals than the Kenyans at this World Championships. Just how does that compute? Anyone remotely involved with distance running will recognise the validity of the question. To begin at the beginning, one of the expected highlights of the men’s steeple earlier this week was fastest man of the […]

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