Conor Dary wrote:I suppose I should know this, but who are the couple the camera keeps going back to?
PS. Okay, I got it, the Zatopeks. Still don't know you the cigar guy is.
I wondered about the cigar guy too.. that is a big cigar and he consumed most of it during the race.. how long does a "regular" cigar last?
For a while I smoked the occasional cigar, especially in England where you could get Cuban cigars, but not anymore, and they were never anything like that. They would certainly last longer than 28 minutes. I suspect they filmed the guy during the day, and spliced it in later.
Sprints_and_XC wrote:This probably has been posted before, but if you haven't seen this high quality footage of Zatopek in the 1946 Olympic 10,000m, you owe it to yourself to check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvEBEK8_vqc
Thanks for posting the video. Terrific stuff! But this was the 5000 though. Amazing that they set an Olympic record on that horrible, rain-soaked track. Hard to say why Reiff suddenly was able to open up that big lead on Zatopek with only two or three laps left. Reiff sure had a beautiful stride. Both Reiff and Slijkhuis looked more like the 1500-5000 types they really were.
If Slijkhuis had skipped this punishing 5000 he could maybe have taken the Swedes in the 1500. Heats and final just 2 and 4 days days after the 5000 final. The way it was he nearly had Strand for the silver.