On This Date 7/27/1952

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Emil Zatopek from Czechoslovakia wins the Gold Medal in the marathon, capping an incredible week in which he won the three major distance races, each while setting an Olympic Record. Zatopek’s endurance test at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki began a week earlier when he repeated his Gold Medal performance from the London games while setting a record in the 10,000 meters. Four days later, he took the Gold Medal in the 5,000 meters before finishing it off with the marathon, beating Reinaldo Gorno of Argentina by two and half minutes.

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