The running revolutionary

Czech athlete Emil Zátopek's extraordinary feats on the running track made him a global superstar. But, as Richard Askwith reveals, Zátopek's political activism set him at loggerheads with his nation's communist authorities

Emil Zátopek. (Photo by Universal/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

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