Legends of Athletics

Joan Benoit Samuelson: A Column By Mark Tucker for Runner's Tribe The first ever winner of the Women’s Olympic Marathon. The first ever! For any distance runner that would be an absolute dream sentence to come after your name. For Joan Benoit Samuelson, it’s reality. In the heat, humidity and smog...
“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...
‘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...
“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”...
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...
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...
"The Jarrow Arrow" - Cram's Top 5 2017 Runner's Tribe, all rights reserved- By Sam Burke The 1980’s were an era in which male middle distance running was dominated by Britain. The British dominance was total and overwhelming, much like the stranglehold that the Kenyans have held over the 3000m Steeplechase...
“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. ...
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...
© 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...
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