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MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXX) – Athens 2004: MIZUKI NOGUCHI (1978-)

Mizuki Noguchi winning the 2004 Olympic marathon “I want to keep running until my legs break down for good.” Mizuki Noguchi The 2004 Summer Olympics saw the Olympic Games go… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIX) – Sydney 2000: GEZAHEGNE ABERA (1978-)

“I had never run just to participate; I always ran for victory.” Gezahegne Abera After the women´s marathon, which finished with victory for the Japanese Naoko Takahashi, next in line… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXVIII) – Sydney 2000: NAOKO TAKAHASHI (1972-)

“I would get up at 6:30 and run 50 km before breakfast. Then another 20 km. It was rough but I didn’t dislike it. I had to suck it up…. Read more »

THE FIRST WOMEN OF SPANISH ATHLETICS

Early 600 metres women´s race The dawn of Spanish women’s athletics can be traced back to 1929, when a few women in Madrid and Catalonia decided to make their way… Read more »

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 »