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19 Sep 1922 Koprivnice, Czech Republic
182 cm / 72 kg 6'0'' / 158 pounds
Male

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...

Emil in numbers

3
Olympics
Olympics
5
medals
Gold medal:4 Silver medal:1 Bronze medal:
  • Melbourne
    Melbourne 1956
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Melbourne
    Melbourne 1956
    • 6
      Athletics
      Marathon
  • Helsinki
    Helsinki 1952
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Helsinki
    Helsinki 1952
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      5,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      10,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      Marathon
  • London
    London 1948
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    London
    London 1948
    • 2 Silver medal
      Athletics
      5,000 metres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Athletics
      10,000 metres

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