By Richard Askwith
For a decade after the second one international warfare, Emil Zátopek—“the Czech locomotive”—redefined the game of distance working, pushing again the frontiers of what used to be thought of attainable. He received 5 Olympic medals, set eighteen international documents, and went undefeated within the 10,000-metre race for 6 years. His dominance hasn't ever been equaled.
In the darkest days of the chilly battle, he stood for a spirit of beneficiant friendship that transcended nationality and politics. Zátopek was once an brisk supporter of the Prague Spring in 1968, championing “socialism with a human face” in Czechoslovakia. yet for this he paid a excessive rate. After the rebellion used to be overwhelmed by means of Soviet tanks, the hardline Communists had their revenge. Zátopek used to be expelled from the military, stripped of his function in nationwide activity, and condemned to years of difficult and degrading guide labor.
Based on broad examine within the Czech Republic, interviews with humans internationally who knew him, and unparalleled cooperation from his widow, fellow Olympian Dana Zátopková, journalist Richard Askwith’s publication breathes new lifestyles into the guy and the parable, uncovering an excellent age of athletics and an epoch-defining time in international history.
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