Legends of Athletics

Steve Prefontaine: A runners’ runner A Column By Mark Tucker Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) “A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “I think the Olympics and World Championships are going to be high-pace races from now on.”  -  Sammy Wanjiru The Olympic marathon, one of the cornerstone blue ribbon events of any Olympic Games. Until 1984, women were sidelined,  whilst men have been battling...
Two-time Olympic 1500m champion, Sebastian Coe, doesn’t really need an introduction. Coe set eight outdoor and three indoor world records during his career – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of just 41 days. Remarkably, his 800m world record of 1:41.73 set in 1981 stood...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “The marathon was what it was all about in those days.” – Pat Carroll Profile Coaches: Pat Clohessy, Dick Telford Date of birth: 17 August 1961 Personal Bests 1500m: 3:39.03 3000m: 7:47.66 5000m: 13:25.49 10,000m: 28:30.55 10,000m road: 28:00 Half marathon: 61:11 Marathon: 2:09.39 Career...
From the Clouds:  The Career of Yuriy Borzakovskiy Written by Sam Burke - © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved “Borzakovskiy is already out of this race”.   Sebastian Coe commentating during the Sydney Olympic 800m semi-final when Borzakovskiy trailed the field significantly after one lap. Borzakovskiy went on to win the...
“Special Methods” – The Training of Said Aouita © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “We have special techniques. We always train alone. And we always run alone” – Said Aouita  A lot of the below information about the training of Said Aouita was taken from the book ‘Running with the legends’, by...
By Mark Tucker “I had broken 2:09. I forgot my exhaustion. Within a couple (of) hours, the agony of a world record run would manifest itself. The elation would be replaced by fear. I would be urinating quantities of blood and vomiting black mucous. The race left me so totally...
“In Europe, maybe most youngsters think it is safer to go to university and then get a high paying job. After all, there are easier ways to earn a living than as an 800m runner!" – Andre Bucher © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Sources IAAF Andre Bucher Interview 2001. ...
“My life is totally different because of those three one-hundredths of a second that meant the difference between a Gold and Silver Medal.”  - Dave Wottle © 2018 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Dave Wottle’s 1972 Munich Olympics 800m gold medal race video is a sight to behold.  So much so...
‘Before Rudisha’ Wilson Kipketer’s Top 5 Races “This man is one of the toughest competitors we have ever seen” - Steve Ovett © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Kipketer was the man to beat in the late nineties over 800. With three world championship gold’s, three 800m world records, and one...
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