Saturday, 23 June 2007

Emil Zatopek

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, June 23, 2007 with 3 comments
“Why should I practise running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.” – Emil Zatopek.

The amazing Emil Zatopek - from, Zátopek is probably best known for his amazing feat of winning three gold medals in athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5km and 10km runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the marathon for the first time in his life and won. He also broke the existing Olympic record in each of the three events. His victory in the 5km came after a ferocious last lap in 57.5 seconds, during which he went from fourth place to first while Christopher Chataway, now second after being overtaken by Zátopek, tripped on the curb and fell.

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Is it cold where you are?
No, you're dreaming. Here in Belconnen it was minus 6 to plus 7 yesterday. And I went for a run. It was sunny all day!! If not for the sun, it might have been cold.

Today in Belconnen it felt like another -6 start. It was -5.5 in Tuggeranong this morning, and Belconnen is usually 1 or 2 degrees colder.

Here is Tuggeranong Don's take of this morning's weather:

I wonder what the male runner at the back is looking for?

Torn hamstring symptoms:
See I am possibly a grade 2 (two months?!) but certainly not a grade 3!


  1. Zatopek looks as ungainly when he runs but from the waist down he is all business so to speak.

    I don't know what that guy at the back of that photo is looking for but if it's our "Tuggeranong Don" we might have to change his nick name to "Tag-along Don."

  2. Cold - its all relative .... I let my relatives down south suffer it :-)

    Thanks for the Zatopek vid.

  3. I'm glad Don posts those photos. I stay in bed on weekends until the ice melts.