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Emil Zátopek

Full name: Emil Zátopek
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: September 19, 1922 in Kopřivnice, Moravskoslezský kraj, Czech Republic
Died: November 21, 2000 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: TJ Gottwaldov, Zlín (CZE) / Dukla Praha, Praha (CZE)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Dana Ingrová-Zátopková.

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Emil Zátopek of Czechoslovakia was a supreme distance runner whose rugged training regimen was rewarded with unprecedented success. At the 1948 Olympics he won the gold medal in the 10,000 metres and finished second in the 5,000 metres. At Helsinki in 1952 he produced one of the greatest performances in distance running history, when he won the 5,000 metres, successfully defended his 10,000 metres title and then took his third gold medal in his first-ever marathon race to complete a "triple" that remains unique in Olympic history. Zátopek closed his Olympic career four years later when he placed 6th in the marathon in Melbourne, running only a few weeks after undergoing hernia surgery. At the European Championships he finished fifth in the 5,000 metres (1946) and won gold in the 5,000 metres (1950) and 10,000 metres (1950, 1954) and bronze in the 5,000 metres (1954). Between 1949 and 1954, he set 18 world records at every distance from 5,000 metres to 30,000 metres, a remarkable display of versatility at the very highest level. He was the first great distance runner to popularize the concept of interval training and his training efforts were legendary. His wife, Dana (né Ingrová), was the Olympic gold medalist in the javelin in 1952.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:57.0 (1954); 10000 – 28:54.2 (1954); Mar – 2-23:04 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's Marathon Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold OB
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Athletics Men's Marathon Czechoslovakia TCH 6

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Czechoslovakia Final 2 14:17.8 at 0.26
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Czechoslovakia Round One Heat Two 2 QU 14:34.4 at 0.04
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Czechoslovakia Final 1 OR 14:06.6 14:06.72
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Czechoslovakia Round One Heat Three 3 QU 14:26.0 14:25.81

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 OR 29:59.6 29:59.8
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 OR 29:17.0

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 OB 2-23:03.2
1956 Summer 34 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 6 2-29:34