AP WAS THERE: 1952 Helsinki Games

FILE - In this July 24, 1952, file photo, British athlete Christopher "Chris" Chataway falls as Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia, followed by Alain Mimoun of France and German bronze medal winner Herbert Schade, leads near the end of the Men's final 5000 meter race at the Summer Olympic Games on in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this July 24, 1952, file photo, British athlete Christopher "Chris" Chataway falls as Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia, followed by Alain Mimoun of France and German bronze medal winner Herbert Schade, leads near the end of the Men's final 5000 meter race at the Summer Olympic Games on in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HELSINKI – EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Sunday Star in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3 1952. The story, describing Czech Republic distance runner Emil Zatopek capturing gold at the 1952 Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters as well as the marathon is reprinted here as it ran using the contemporary style, terminology and including any published errors.

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By Milt Marmor

Associated Press

Helsinki, Aug. 2 — Is Emil Zatopek possible?

Tens of thousands saw the incredible Czech win the Olympic 5,000 meters, then the 10,000 meters and climax it all by capturing the marathon. But they may have trouble convincing those who were not here that it really happened.

Emil, the human dynamo, did more than exhaust his opponents.

In one unbelievable Olympic week, he drained what cynical souls once claimed was the inexhaustible adjectival fount of the sports writers.