Bob Schul, telling reporters that he would win the gold, was true to his word, beating one the greatest 5000 fields in Olympic history with a 54.8 last lap. Bill Dellinger of the US caught a tiring Michel Jazy at the finish to take the bronze medal.
Bob Schul has too often been overlooked as one of the great American distance runners. Billy Mills, who shocked the world four days earlier in the 10,000 meters, went into his race as an unknown. Schul was the favorite to win - and he did.
And unlike Mills and Prefontaine, Schul has never had a movie produced about his life. He was simply a guy who was supremely confident in his abilities and came through when he had to. Hats off to Bob Schul!