Legendary Olympic Rivals: Emil Zátopek VS Alain MimounOne – Czech runner Emil Zátopek – was known as the Locomotive. The other – France’s Alain Mimoun – also had a nickname: Zátopek’s Shadow
In long-distance running, no athlete ran as evenly at high speed as Emil Zátopek. He was inimitable. And there was no one more exasperated by this than his closest challenger, Frenchman Alain Mimoun.
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At the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Mimoun chased eventual winner Zátopek and took silver in no fewer than three long-distance races. The two became firm friends over the years, but they remained bitter rivals on the track.
The winds of change arrived in Melbourne in 1956, when Mimoun competed in his debut marathon – and ran away with it. Zátopek was left in the shade for the first time ever.
This year’s Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Aug 5-21
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