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The Czech Locomotive

Date of occurrence:

20/07/1952

In Helsinki 1952 a new Olympic hero is born: Emil Zatopek, a Czech long-distance runner, wins 3 gold medals in 5,000m,10,000 m and the marathon. 1952 games were the first event in which Zatopek ran a marathon.
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Winning the gold in 5,000m, 10,000m and the marathon, made Zatopek the first runner to win all three events in one Olympic Games. The 1952 Olympics were was the first event Zatopek competed in a marathon run, but he still managed to set a new Olympic record time, he also made record time an the other two events.

At the beginning of his career as a runner, Zátopek was sometimes laughed at, mainly because of his running style and training methods. When he ran his head moved in rolling motion and he had an expression of great agony (that got him the nick – The Czech Locomotive). Well.. after the 1952 Olympic Games no one was laughing any more.

Zátopek retired from track and field shortly after the 1956 Olympic Games. During his athletic career years Zatopek made 20 world records, all in 5,000m up to 30,000m runs. He is considered to be one of the greatest runners in history.

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