Category: Stories

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 »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XII) – Helsinki 1952: EMIL ZÁTOPEK (1922-2000)

Emil Zátopek, in Leipzig 1951  “I am not talented enough to run and smile at the same time” Emil Zátopek Helsinki has already been selected to host the Olympics of… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XI) – London 1948: DELFO CABRERA (1919-1981)

Cabrera in the front page of magazine “El Gráfico” (1948) Cabrera crossing the finish line in first place (London 1948) After a 12 years gap because of WWII, the 1948… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (X) – Berlin 1936: SOHN KEE-CHUNG (1912-2002)

Sohn Kee-Chung (1936) “The human body can do so much. Then your heart and spirit must take over”. S. Kee-Chung. Helmet offered to Kee-Chung as a gift for his victory…. Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (IX) – Los Angeles 1932: JUAN CARLOS ZABALA (1912-1983)

Juan C Zabala in 1932 “In spirit, in heart, and in endurance, Juan C. Zabala, a slim young son of Argentina, was the modern reincarnation of Pheidippides of old”. Los… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (VIII) – Amsterdam 1928: BOUGHERA EL OUAFI (1898-1959)

Ahmed Boughera El Ouafi (1928) Amsterdam had already tried to host the Olympic Games of 1920 and 1924 before being selected for the 1928 appointment. It would be the first… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (IV) – London 1908: JOHNNY HAYES (1886-1965) vs. DORANDO PIETRI (1885-1942)

Hayes in 1908 Pietri in 1908 This time around, although Hayes was the official winner of the Olympic marathon, I feel compelled to write also about Pietri, who could be… Read more »