Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Born in Koprivnice, Czechoslovakia, he was one of the most noted distance runners of all time. Known as "The Locomotive", from 1948 until 1954, he won a remarkable 38 consecutive 10,000 meter races, including 11 in 1949 alone. He set 18 world records over various distances including every record from 5 kilometer to 30 kilometer, and won four Olympic Gold medals and one Silver Medal. At the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, he won the Gold Medal in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and the marathon, plus set new Olympic records in all three events, a feat which has never been duplicated. In 1998 he was awarded the Order of the White Lion, a national honor presented to him by Czech President Vaclav Havel. He died at age 78 and is recognized as the Czech Republic's greatest athlete.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
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