Jim Peters Dana Zatopkova Bob Mathias Britain Czech Republic city Helsinki Jim Peters Dana Zatopkova Bob Mathias Britain Czech Republic city Helsinki

1952 Helsinki: The Cold War comes to the Olympics

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29-year-old staff captain in the Czech Republic Army who ran as if he was in deep agony and his next step would be his last.Yet Emil Zatopek cared little about form or even proper running decorum while winning the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and the marathon, a race he'd never run before he set an Olympic and World record by covering the 26.2-mile distance in 2:23:03.

Early on in the marathon Zatopek asked British runner Jim Peters if his pacing was right. When Peters told Zatopek it was, Zatopek took off and cruised to victory by more than 2 1/2 minutes.

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