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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Emil Zatopek Autograph from 1952

Emil Zatopek Autograph from 1952. CoA

Emil Zatopek Autograph

Emil Zatopek Autograph: Magazine snippet with portrait of the Olympia legend, pasted on card, signed by Zatopek in 1952 in Wien. The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Emil Zatopek ( 1922 - 2000 ) was a Czech long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5000 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" for his multiple golds. Zátopek was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km run (in 1954).

Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods.

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