Tag: Olympics

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXII) – Beijing 2008: CONSTANTINA DIṬĂ (1970-)

Diṭă victorious at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Marathon Beijing won the voting to hold the 2008 Summer Olympics, defeating bids from Toronto, Paris, Istanbul, and Osaka. The Chinese government invested… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXXI) – Athens 2004: STEFANO BALDINI (1971-)

”It was an unbelievable sensation, because Panathinaiko is the story of the marathon.” Stefano Baldini Once again, the men´s marathon would mark the end of the Summer Olympics, on August… Read more »

125 YEARS OF EVOLUTION OF THE MEN´S MARATHON INTERNATIONAL SCENE

The marathon as such was brought back to life in the first Olympics of modern times, in Athens 1896. On April 10 Spiridon Louis won for Greece the first Olympic… Read more »

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 »

Film + Interview: PRE´S PEOPLE (2021, Travis Johnson & Brad Jenkins, 127min)

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine “Legacy lives beyond the individual.” Phil Pursian, Pre´s trainer during high school   A new documentary… 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 »

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 (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 »

RISING PHOENIX (2020, Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui, 105min)

“The Olympics is where the heroes are made. The Paralympics is where the heroes come.” Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee Available in Netflix “Rising Phoenix” is a… Read more »