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MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXVII) – Atlanta 1996: JOSIA THUGWANE (1971?-)

Josia Thugwane “Uma ufuna ukuba uphumelele, hkohlwa konke” (in native Zulu) (“If you want to succeed, forget everything”) Josia Thugwane As we mentioned in our previous post about Fatuma Roba´s… Read more »

SPANISH MARATHON (2/2): FROM THE SILVER AGE TO THE PRESENT DAY

The Silver Age After Sidney 2000 there would still be good Spanish marathoners, but in smaller numbers. Between 2001 and 2006, marks below 2.10.00 were still regularly achieved, while the… Read more »

SPANISH MARATHON (1/2): FROM THE LATE 80s TO THE GOLDEN AGE

Diego García (left, silver), Martín Fiz (middle, gold) and Alberto Juzdado (right, bronze) at the European Athletics Championships of Helsinki 1994 The prelude Continuing our previous post where we reviewed… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXVI) – Atlanta 1996: FATUMA ROBA (1973-)

“This is not only a special thing for me but also for my country and all African women” Fatuma Roba Atlanta was selected over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXV) – Barcelona 1992: HWANG YOUNG-CHO (1970-)

Hwang Young-Cho crossing the finish line (Photo by Chris Cole/Allsport) After several attempts, Barcelona finally hosted the Summer Olympics of 1992. In men athletics, Fermin Cacho won the 1500 metres… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIV) – Barcelona 1992: VALENTINA YEGOROVA (1964-)

Informative panel Olympic women marathon final Barcelona 1992 In 1986 Barcelona finally won the bid for the Summer Olympics of 1992, after having tried unsuccessfully to host them in 1924,… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIII) – Seoul 1988: GELINDO BORDIN (1959-)

Gelindo Bordin Seoul 1988 “The marathon is everywhere. It has a spiritual component that nobody sees but it is crucial. It teaches you to wait and then also to strike,… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXII) – Seoul 1988: ROSA MOTA (1958-)

Rosa Mota in Seoul 1988 “It was the Greek gods who chose me to be a marathon runner”              Rosa Mota Seoul was chosen as… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXI) – Los Angeles 1984: CARLOS LOPES (1947-)

“More than being first, hero is who knows to give everything, and inside him, go further” Carlos Lopes Los Angeles was chosen as host for the Olympics for a second… Read more »