Category: Obits


March 14th, 2020 by

  Dana Zátopková, the 1952 Olympic javelin champion died yesterday (Friday), aged 97, at home in Prague; thus ends one of the most famous families in Olympic history. Though an Olympic and twice European champion (and silver in the Rome Olympics 1960), as well as a world record holder, during most of her competitive life, […]

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September 3rd, 2016 by

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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June 18th, 2015 by

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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January 20th, 2014 by

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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June 29th, 2013 by

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

March 11th, 2008 by

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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