Emil Zatopek – The triple-gold winner in Helsinki

At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Zátopek won gold in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the marathon, breaking Olympic records in each event. Zátopek is the only person to win these three long distance events in the same Olympic games.

His victory in the 5,000 meters came after a ferocious last lap in 57.5 seconds, during which he went from fourth place to first in the final turn, passing first Alain Mimoun of France, then Herbert Schade of West Germany and finally Chris Chataway of Great Britain.

Zátopek’s final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the marathon for the first time in his life, and won.

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