Great Olympians

Biographies - ZAT

Héctor Zataraín Romano

B. 1929-06-27, represented Mexico
Equestrianism - Jumping
1964 HP
Jumping, Individual dnf -5.80
Jumping, Team 13th 6.4

Emil Zátopek

B. 1922-09-19, Koprivnice, Czech Republic, represented Czechoslovakia; D. 2000-11-21
Track and Field (4 gold, 1 silver)
1948 1952 1956 HP
5000 m silver gold 10400
10000 m gold gold 12800
Marathon gold sixth 10560

He will always be remembered for his 'triple', 5000, 10000 and marathon, a feat never equalled. It was his first Marathon. He was unbeaten over 10000 m from 1948 to 1954, with 38 consecutive victories, and held world records for all distances from 5000 to 30000 m.
In 1968, he supported the causes of freedom in Czechoslovakia.  It got him into trouble with the subsequent government and he had to perform manual labours.

Dana Ingrová

competed from 1952 under her married name of

Dana Zátopková

B. 1922-09-19, Karvina-Frystadt, Czech Republic
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver)
1948 1952 1956 1960 HP
Javelin Throw 7th gold fourth silver 23250

Wife of Emil Zatopek, who won her gold medal on the same day (within the same hour) as her husband. They have exactly the same birthday.

Written 2001-01-29 - last modified 2020-11-03

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