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A GOLDEN CENTENARY

    DANA INGROVÁ-ZÁTOPKOVÁ EMIL ZÁTOPEK Born September 19, 1922 d Dana March 13, 2020 d Emil November 22, 2000 ENDING ON A KISS – Globerunner Blog ZATOPEK’S GREATEST VICTORY – Globerunner Blog

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ZATOPEK CENTENARY

  ‘If you want to run, run a hundred metres; if you want to experience another life, run a marathon!’ I suspect that this example (of many) of Emil Zátopek’s peasant wit and intelligence came after his second marathon, a laboured run in torrid conditions at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 when, six weeks after […]

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EUGENE, WHERE?

  Immediately after the hugely successful World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg 1995 – highlighted by Jonathan Edwards’ world record triple jumps and Michael Johnson’s double gold rehearsal for the following year’s Olympics – IAAF chief Primo Nebiolo declared that future championships were too important to be held in such a small venue. Sweden’s second city […]

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DEDICATED LEADER

  One of the greatest regrets of my four decades of writing about athletics is that I never got to meet Aussie miler John Landy, who has died at Castlemaine, Victoria, aged 91. I should have tried harder, because Landy was a seminal figure in my formative years as an athletics fan and aspiring runner; […]

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THIN ICE

  We should, at least give the Russians some credit for ingenuity; they came up with a new excuse for the positive dope test on the 15 year ice-skating phenomenon, Kamila Valieva, currently competing at the winter Olympics in Beijing. Valieva failed a dope test taken at a competition on Boxing Day (an arcane feast, […]

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ALL MIXED UP

  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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