Even if you'd get an 'F' in track history, if you ran high school then you probably remember Gammoudi from watching the Steve Prefontaine movies (Gammoudi was 2nd at the 1972 Munich Games).
"Even if I was well prepared, it’s difficult to explain the exact feelings. It was a mix of apprehension, fear and determination at the same time. I remember what our president in that time, Bourguiba, told me before I left for Mexico, ‘Bring me the gold and I will give you what you want.’ My answer was, ‘I’ll bring the gold and you’ll come with me to take it my childhood home,’ a small place in the south of Tunisia, called Sidi Aich. The desire of my mum was to see the President, and this was important for me. Both of us honored the promise, and there are no words to explain my happiness when I heard my national anthem on the top of the podium!"
Bannister was famous for more than his sub-4 as he also was a distinguished neurologist and he considered his medical achievements superior to his sporting success.
The first man to break the mythical sub-4 minute barrier in the mile has died. Pay your respects here.
Interesting notes: Newton didn't let his athletes call him "Coach" (they called him Mr. Newton) and even 50-years-later Mike Lynn says he can't bring himself to refer to call Newton by his first name.
Martin Fritz Huber writes of Bolt's races, "There were times when the race itself felt almost secondary—a brief interlude between the before-and-after party."
Eric Gillis 10th in Rio Olympic marathon says, "Ed inspired me to simplify my training with his no fuss, no frills, run long approach. Most of all though, I admired this calm, easy going, approach to life."
Geb also talks about the possibility of the 2-hour marathon and proclaims that he thinks Ethiopia has untapped talent in the long jump.
Dixon talks about running at three Olympic Games from the 1500 to the marathon, this historic marathon finish photo and drinking beers with Steve Prefontaine.
Rono talks about breaking four world records in 81 days in 1978, his time in the NCAA system, his confidence he would have won two golds at the boycotted 1980 Olympics and his struggles with alcoholism.