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MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XIX) – Moscow 1980: WALDEMAR CIERPINSKI (1950-)

Cierpinski finishing the marathon Cierpinski in the podium with Nijboer in the background The Olympics in Moscow 1980 were marked by the boycott of 66 countries to protest the Soviet-Afghan… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XVIII) – Montreal 1976: WALDEMAR CIERPINSKI (1950-)

Cierpinski in 1976 Montreal 1976 gold medal Montreal won unexpectedly the vote that decided the organiser for the 1976 Olympics. The favourites had been Moscow and Los Angeles, that would… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XVII) – Munich 1972: FRANK SHORTER (1947-)

Shorter winning the marathon Munich 1972 Shorter (1974) Munich was selected to host the 1972 Olympics over bids from Montreal, Madrid and Detroit. It was the second time Germany was… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XVI) – Mexico City 1968: DEGAGA “MAMO” WOLDE (1932-2002)

Mamo Wolde and Abebe Bikila together with his coach Onu Niskanen The Olympics in Mexico were the first to be staged in a Latin-American country, and the unique ones held… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XV) – Tokyo 1964: ABEBE BIKILA (1932-1973)

Bikila in 1968     “Men of success meet with tragedy. It was the will of God that I won the Olympics, and it was the will of God that… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XIV) – Rome 1960: ABEBE BIKILA (1932-1973)

Bikila´s final attack on Rhadi in Rome “I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism.” Abebe Bikila Rome has been rewarded… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XIII) – Melbourne 1956: ALAIN MIMOUN (1921-2013)

Alain Mimoun, in Melbourne 1956 “I look at my career as a castle: my London silver medal is the foundation; my two Helsinki silver medals are the walls; my gold… Read more »