Today we remember the greatest Czech Athlete of all time: Emil Zátopek who died on this day in 2000.

During a six-year period, from 1948 through to 1954, he won an unprecedented 38 consecutive 10,000m races and set 18 world records over various distances.

In 1952, after winning the 5,000m and 10,000m in world record times his thoughts were drawn to his biggest challenge to date, the marathon. The thought of an athlete competing over 26 miles after having collected long distance titles sounded ridiculous to most.

The marathon title was won comfortably – by nearly two laps of the track.

In 1999 he was voted as the greatest Olympic champion from the Czech Republic by a jury of experts and journalists from the country.


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