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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 »

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 »