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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

ALL MIXED UP

Published on August 2, 2021

  As Daley Thompson was completing the successful defence of his Olympic decathlon title in Los Angeles in 1984, I happened to be passing the desk of an Italian colleague, a long-time athletics journalist, who nodded towards the exhausted athletes littering the track after the concluding 1500 metres, and said sagely, ‘This is heavy gold’! […]

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BY OTHER MEANS

Published on January 14, 2021

  Edward Snowden and Dr Grigory Rodchenkov are whistle-blowers whose revelations were so explosive that they have become political refugees from their homeland, the USA and Russia respectively. Snowden was the internet tech wiz, working for the CIA and NSA (National Security Agency), who became increasingly alarmed at the degree of invasion of citizen privacy […]

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LEAN ON ME

Published on January 3, 2021

  I’ve mentioned my US colleague, Walt Murphy’s newsletter This Day in Track & Field a couple of times in the past. Walt has given me permission to reproduce a recent obituary about the extraordinary life of Joe Clark, immortalised by Morgan Freeman in the film, Lean on Me, but perhaps better known in athletics […]

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