Emil Zatopek

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Date of Birth September 19, 1922
Place of Birth Koprivnice, Czech Republic
Date of Death Nov 22, 2000 (78)
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Emil Zátopek

Emil Zátopek was a Czechoslovak long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. He was nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive". In 1954, Zátopek was the first runner to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10,000 metres. Three years earlier in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He was considered one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods. He was the originator of interval training and hypoventilation training. In February 2013, the editors at Runner's World Magazine selected him as the Greatest Runner of All Time. He is the only person to win the 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and Marathon, in the same Olympic Games.

Sport: Long-distance running
Club: TJ Gottwaldov, Zlín, Dukla Praha
Personal best(s): 5000 metres: 13:57.0, 10,000 metres: 28:54.2, Marathon: 2:23:04
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About Emil Zatopek

Czech Olympic long-distance runner who won four gold medals and one silver medal. He competed in the marathon, 10000 meter, and 5000 meter races.

Before Fame

He was working in a shoe factory at the age of sixteen.


He earned the nickname the Czech Locomotive.

Family Life

He married javelin thrower Dana Zátopková.


He created a training program based off Paavo Nurmi's training techniques.

Information related to Emil Zátopek

  • Czech male marathon runners
  • Czech male long-distance runners
  • Recipients of the Pierre de Coubertin medal
  • Czechoslovak male long-distance runners
  • Czechoslovak male marathon runners
  • Olympic gold medalists for Czechoslovakia
  • Olympic athletes of Czechoslovakia
  • Recipients of Medal of Merit (Czech Republic)
  • Olympic silver medalists for Czechoslovakia
  • Olympic gold medalists in athletics (track and field)
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Athletes (track and field) at the 1956 Summer Olympics
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