Legends of Athletics

“The Entertainer” - Steve Ovett’s Top 5 Races © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved “When I won the 1500m at the European ­Championships in Prague, back in 1978, I enjoyed the moment so much that I gave the crowd a playful little wave as I motored down the home stretch”...
Tani Ruckle is Australia’s 12th fastest female marathon runner of all-time. Introduction by Len Johnson First, she couldn’t run. Then she couldn’t run without outside pacemaker assistance. Then – well, OK, she could run, but she was just some slightly wacky Canadian fitness trainer with the crazy ambition of representing Australia. Running...
© 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. “If I run with others then all sessions become full-speed burners; thus I prefer to run with others just for speed sessions” - Paul Tergat Sources: Running to the Limit - Training Plans, Tips and Secrets. By Paul Tergat. ‘Train Hard, Win Easy. The Kenyan...
Written by Amity Delaney - Runner's Tribe Cathy Freeman is one of Australia’s most successful runners. She was also one of Australia’s most decorated Indigenous athletes. She was significant, both in terms of her athletic accomplishments, and also for the achievements she garnered as an Indigenous athlete. I watched her...
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...
“Electrifying” – Alan Webb’s Top 5 2017 Runner's Tribe, all rights reserved "When all is said and done, people will consider him the greatest distance runner America has ever had." – Steve Scott – Country: United States – Born: January 13, 1983 Personal Bests 800m: 1:43.84 1500m: 3:30.54 Mile: 3:46.91 3000m: 7:39.29 5000m: 13:10.86 ...
‘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...
“There are lots of elements to running a successful marathon and I’ll bet insights into them are woven throughout all of the interviews in this book!”  – Lisa Ondieki © 2017 Runner’s Tribe, all rights reserved. Lisa Ondieki certainly rates as Australia’s top female marathoner, her 1988 Olympic silver medal...
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...
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...
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