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6 Oct 2016 18:30

Pat Butcher: The Life and (Hard) Times of Emil Zátopek

With close to a score of world records and the hero of the 1952 Olympic Games, Emil Zátopek was the most successful athlete in Czech(oslovak) history, giving his compatriots many reasons to be proud and enthralling and entertaining the rest of the world. His later support for the Prague Spring led to his exclusion from public life and to work as a labourer in a uranium mine, though he was rehabilitated after 1989 and awarded high honours.

QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek, is the latest book by Pat Butcher, one of Britain’s leading athletics writers. Going back to its subject’s time working for Baťa Zlín in the 1940s it draws on many sources, including interviews with Zátopek himself and his Olympic gold medallist wife Dana, with other contemporaries and with his record breaking successors.

Thursday 6 October 2016
6.30 p.m. (doors open at 6.15 p.m.)
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY
(nearest underground station Notting Hill Gate)

Refreshments will be served

Admission £10.00, free for members of the BCSA, but numbers are limited and registration is necessary by e-mail to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk or by phone 020 8795 4875

Organised by BCSA with the kind cooperation of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.



Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


6 Oct 2016 18:30


BCSA, Embassy of the Slovak Republic

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