Althoughrunning seems like an easy feat, it is a sport that calls for a large varietyof skills and talents that depends largely on the type of event. Over thecourse of running history, there have been several greats, some of the finestare listed below.
Over hiscareer, Gebrselassie has won gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics in 10,000meters, as well as eight world championship indoor and outdoor track titlesfrom 1500 to 10,000 meters, and has also won the world half-marathonchampionship at Bristol in 2001. He has won nine significant marathons in hiscareer, Gebrselassie has also set 27 world records.
One of the foremost runners in the world in the 1950s, Zatopek was called the “Greatest Runner of All Time” by Runner’s World, having won gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 meters and 5000 meters at the 1948 Games. This was followed by his bagging three gold medals in the 1952 Olympic Games for various events, which has given him the status of a legend.
Radcliffebeat her own world record in the 2003 London Marathon, solidifying her statusas the current women’s record holder in the Marathon. Although men’s marathonworld records have been beaten five times since 2003, Radcliffe’s record hasnot been challenged in over a decade. In addition to her slew of golds invarious marathons worldwide, Radcliffe also holds the world record in thewomen’s 10K.
4. JoanBenoit Samuelson
Samuelson was the first-ever women’s Olympic Games marathon champion and has set the existing women’s American record at the Olympic Marathon. Inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000, she won the 1985 Chicago marathon that earned her the James E. Sullivan Award that made her the nation’s top amateur athlete.
The firstAmerican man to win the 2014 Boston Marathon since 1983, Keflezighi won silverat the 2004 Olympic marathon, again the first American to win an Olympic medalsince Frank Shorter in 1976. He showed off his genius on the track by bagginggold at the Olympic Trials 10,000-meter race in 2000 and 2004 and has alsoearned six USA 15K titles, among other achievements.
6. HichamEl Guerrouj
This Moroccan runner set the world record for a mile in Rome in 1999, breaking the previous record by more than a seconds. He has also set records in 1500 and 2000 meters, making him one of the best middle distance runners in history. Guerrouj bagged the gold in both 1500 and 5000 meters in the 2004 Olympics and had four world records to his name.