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22 Nov 2000
Olympic News, Press Release

Lausanne, 22 November 2000 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was today deeply saddened to learn of the death of legendary Olympic champion Emil Zatopek.
Nicknamed “the Czech locomotive”, Emil Zatopek qualified to represent his country at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where he won his first gold medal over 10,000 m and a silver medal in the 5000 m. It was at Helsinki in 1952 that he made his name by winning the 5000 m, 10,000 m and the marathon in succession.
“Emil Zatopek was an exceptional athlete whose achievements, even today, are a source of enthusiasm and admiration for everyone. The athletics world has lost one of its greatest champions”, said the IOC President.

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