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The 25 Best Emil Zatopek Quotes

Emil Zatopek was a Czechoslovak long-distance runner. Emil Zatopek rose to prominence after winning three gold medals in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. When he won the gold medal, he ran 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.

Emil was regarded as one of the greatest runners of the twentieth century and was known for his brutally harsh training methods.

The editors of Runner’s World Magazine named him the Greatest Runner of All Time in 2013.

If you are a big fan of Emil Zatopek, you should read the top 25 quotes he has ever said.

“Run a mile if you want to run.” Run a marathon if you wish to live a different life.” Emil Zatopek

“We are fundamentally different from other males. Run 100 meters if you want to win something.

Run a marathon if you want to encounter something new.” Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek with his wife Source: the game magazine

“Without a ladder, you can’t get to the second floor.”

When you set your sights too high and fail to meet them, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness.

“Start with a fair objective and progressively raise it.” Emil Zatopek

“I’m not concerned with how long I can last, but with how quickly I can cross the finish line.” Emil Zatopek

“Will power is no longer a concern if one can stick to the training for many long years.”

Is it raining? It makes no difference. I’m exhausted. That isn’t the point. It’s just that I have to.” Emil Zatopek

“The triumph is tremendous, but the camaraderie of everybody is greater.” Emil Zatopek

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“An athlete cannot run while carrying money in his pockets.”

He must run with hope and dreams in his heart.” Emil Zatopek

“To boast about a feat that I cannot match is dumb conceit.”

And if I can overcome it, it indicates it’s nothing remarkable.

What has happened is already over. What interests me more is what is yet to come.” Emil Zatopek

“I began as an average athlete – a normal boy.” It took three years for me to win a race.

“I’m glad I stuck it out for three years and didn’t give up.” Emil Zatopek

“Men, we died a little today.” Emil Zatopek

“The men are divided from the boys at the frontiers of anguish and misery.” Emil Zatopek

“A runner must run with ambitions in his heart, not with money in his pocket,” Emil Zatopek once said.

“Why should I train to run slowly?” I’m already used to running slowly. “I want to learn how to sprint quickly.” Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek
Emil Zatopek Source: britannica

“I still have that old urge. Then my body informs me that I am 50 years old. Instead, I take the easy route.” Emil Zatopek

“In my nation, I am nothing more than a regular man… a nobody.” Emil Zatopek

“My running was extremely easy; it came from nowhere.” Emil Zatopek

“Today’s athlete is more than just an athlete.

He is the focal point of a team that includes doctors, scientists, coaches, agents, and others.” Emil Zatopek

“There is a significant benefit to training in adverse conditions.”

It is preferable to train in adverse conditions because the difference in performance is enormous.” Emil Zatopek

“I was too slow when I was younger.”

I reasoned that I should learn to run fast by running fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times.

Then I returned slowly, slowly, slowly.” Emil Zatopek

“My childhood games came to an end when I was 14 and graduated high school.”

I had to locate work, which was not an easy task back then.” Emil Zatopek

“I didn’t know a lot. I couldn’t find a book about Nurmi, but I did learn that in order to be faster over 10,000m, he ran 5,000m several times in training.

He also ran 1,500m numerous times to improve his 5,000m time.

In order to improve his 1,500m time, he ran 400m four times in training.” Emil Zatopek

“You must be swift enough and have endurance.”

So you run fast for speed and then repeat for endurance.” Emil Zatopek

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“When they start judging races for their beauty, like figure skating, I will run with perfect style.”

For the time being, all I want to do is run as quickly as I can.” Emil Zatopek

“If I run 100 meters 30 times, that’s 3 kilometers, and it’s no longer a sprint,” Emil Zatopek says.