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OLYMPICS / 1948 / 10, 000 MET

Emil Zatopek (Czech) sets the 10, 000 metre record

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This historic photograph captures the moment when Emil Zatopek (1919-2000) of Czechoslovakia set the world record in the 10,000-meter race at the 1948 London Olympics. The image encapsulates the essence of athletic determination and grit, as Zatopek pushes himself to the limit, straining every muscle to cross the finish line in an impressive time of 30 minutes and 11.7 seconds. Emil Zatopek was already a decorated athlete, having won the gold medal in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 1946 European Championships. However, his performance at the 1948 Olympics cemented his place in sporting history. In the same games, he went on to win the gold medal in the marathon as well, becoming the first person to win the "triple crown" of distance running at a single Olympic Games. The 1948 Olympics marked the revival of the Olympic Games after a 12-year hiatus due to World War II. The event was a symbol of hope and unity in the aftermath of the war, and Zatopek's record-breaking performance added to the sense of triumph and resilience that defined the games. This photograph is a testament to Emil Zatopek's unwavering commitment to his sport and his ability to push the boundaries of human endurance. It is a powerful reminder of the spirit of competition and the indomitable human will to succeed.

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