Passed away this morning at the age of 78.
I guess that means we know how he feels about "King Ches"
RIP Ron wrote:
"It makes me sick to see a superior runner wait behind the field until 200 meters to go and then sprint away. That is immoral. It's both an insult to the other runners and a denigration of his own ability." - Ron Clarke, former 5000 and 10000 meter world-record holder
A lot of distance world record holders don't seem to live to a very old age. Runners who held the 5000 record just before Clarke died younger: Kuts (48), Pirie (60), Iharos (66). I believe that now the oldest living holders of a WR for the 5,000 and 10,000 are Kip Keino and Lasse Viren, whom I think are about 75 and 66 years old. RIP Ron Clarke, a great one.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Ron suffer a heart attack in the early '70's? If so he got many additional decades afterward and I'm sure he lived them well. RIP