Category: Butcher’s Blog

IF THE AFRICANS START TAKING DRUGS WE’LL BE F—-D!

December 2nd, 2022 by

  Around 25 years ago when the use of EPO, the most effective drug of choice for distance runners was spreading wider and wider, one of my oldest running friends, by now a successful coach took on a young athlete who was destined for great things. The pair shall remain nameless to avoid embarrassment but, […]


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A GOLDEN CENTENARY

September 19th, 2022 by

    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

August 22nd, 2022 by

  ‘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?

July 13th, 2022 by

  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

February 28th, 2022 by

  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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ALL MIXED UP

August 2nd, 2021 by

  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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