The Five and Ten Men
TEN MEN WHO REDEFINED DISTANCE RUNNING
The story of ten men who helped deﬁne modern distance running.
The modern era of distance running, which began in the early part of last century, has been characterised by ever faster times and new records as the limits of endurance have been continually re-deﬁned. The world records of today would have been largely unimaginable to previous generations of runners.
The classic events on the track for distance runners are the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, and over the period covered in this book, the world records have been reduced by over two minutes for 5,000 metres, and ﬁve minutes for the 10,000 metres. The records for both distances have been broken many times by many runners from a wide variety of countries.
However, despite the similarities in the physical requirements for each of the distances, only ten men have succeeded in breaking the world record for both events, making for an extremely select group. The group comprises runners from Finland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Russia, Australia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Each came to the sport in a diﬀerent way, reﬂecting both the era in which they competed and the country in which they were born. This book looks at these individuals, their sporting careers, the way they trained, their personalities, and the times in which they competed. It is the story of ten men who changed what was thought possible in the ﬁeld of human endurance.