Czech long-distance runner.
Zátopek's first Olympic gold medal came in London in 1948 in the 10 000 metres event. Four years later in Helsinki he completed an extraordinary Olympic treble, with gold medals in the 5000 metres, the 10 000 metres, and the marathon. During his career he set world records for nine different distances: in the 10 000 metres event alone he set a new world record five times. Despite a hernia operation, he took part in the Olympic marathon of 1956 and finished sixth. His wife, Zatopkova, was also an outstanding athlete.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.