Filming on Olympic champion Emil Zátopek biopic starts in April

Director David Ondříček will begin shooting a film about the life of Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zátopek, who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, in April 2019. With a draft budget of over 92 million crowns, the biopic will be among the most expensive Czech films ever made. Much of it will be shot in Helsinki, adding to production costs.

This Monday marks 70 years since Zátopek, nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive", won his first Olympic gold medal, in the 10-kilometre race at the London Games. He was the first runner to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10,000-metre race. Zátopek is the only athlete in history to win gold in the 5,000-metre, 10,000-metre, and marathon in the same Olympics.

Author: Brian Kenety