Statue of legendary Czech runner Emil Zátopek commissioned by Moravian hometown

A statue of legendary Czech long-distance runner Emil Zátopek has been commissioned by his hometown of Kopřivnice, in Moravia. The town hopes to install the statue on the 100th anniversary of his birth, in September 2022.

Zátopek and his wife Dana, a javelin thrower, made history at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, when they won altogether four gold medals for Czechoslovakia. He was expelled from the Communist Party and Czechoslovak Army for supporting the 1968 Prague Spring reform movement.

Sculptor Jaroslav Brož, whose statue of Emil Zátopek was installed in the garden of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne , Switzerland, in 2002, has been commissioned to do the work.

Author: Brian Kenety