Zatopek, Emil

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Zatopek, Emil Gender: M
born on 19 September 1922 at 12:58 (= 12:58 PM )
Place Koprivnice, Czech Republic, 49n36, 18e09
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 25°45' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°46 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 16°49'

Emil Zatopek
photo: Roger Rössing (1929–2006) Deutsche Fotothek, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


Czech long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. He was nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive".

Zátopek was the first athlete to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10 km run (in 1954). Three years earlier, in 1951, he had broken the hour for running 20 km. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods. In February 2013, the editors at Runner's World Magazines selected him as the Greatest Runner of All Time.

A hero in his native country, Zátopek was an influential figure in the Communist Party. However, he supported the party's democratic wing, and after the 1968 Prague Spring, he was stripped of his rank and expelled from the army and the Party, removed from all important positions and forced to work in a string of inferior and dangerous positions, such as a uranium mine, garbage collection service and well digging. On the 9th of March 1990, Zátopek was rehabilitated by Václav Havel.

Zátopek died in Prague on 22 November 2000 at the age of 78, after a long illness.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Mimoun, Alain (born 1 January 1921)


  • Work : Great Achievement 27 July 1952 (Olympic gold medal in marathon run, in 2:23:03)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Taeger archive quotes Lescaut, from private collection. The exactness of the minutes raises some doubt, possibly rectified time.


  • Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (long distance running champoin)
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (4 gold medals, 1 silver medal)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession