Distance-running legend Emil Zatopek at Helsinki, 1952
Published: July 31, 2012
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Helsinki, Finland, July 22, 1952: Czechoslovakian runner Emil Zatopek had plenty to smile about as he posed for a picture during a training session at the Olympic Games. Zatopek had already won the 10,000 meter race, and before the Games were over he would also capture the gold in the 5,000 and the marathon. The marathon victory was especially impressive, as he set a world record even though he was running the event for the first time.
A story about Emil Zatopek's 1952 Olympic marathon victory.