Only ten men in the last 107 years have set world records at both distances. Since the the IAAF (now World Athletics) began recognizing records in each event in 1912, the shorter race has seen 35 record performances, the longer, 37 marks.
|Paavo Nurmi, the first to hold both records|
|Kenenisa Bekele the latest to hold both records|
|Sandor Iharos and Lazlo Tabori|
For Clarke, his record suffered from never having won Oympic gold, notwithstanding a career few exceeded. Those who saw it in person and those who find it on You Tube, remember Billy Mills' desperate charge in the home stretch of the 1964 Olympic ten thousand, and Clarke's stricken face as the American crosses the finish line several meters ahead to win gold. His bronze was to be his only Olympic medal; Zatopek gave him one of the Czech's own golds as a gift.
|Vladimir Kuts leading Gordon Pirie|
|Author, Richard Amery|
"The only certainty is that the 5,000m and 10,000m records (as of August 2019) will be broken,"
Current titleholder, Kenenisa Bekele: 12:37.35 and 26:17.53.
Ed. Note. In looking for pictures for this article, I found a wealth of them
and want to add some more below.
Jack and Ron Clarke.
Jack, an Aussie Rules footballer is as famous in Australia as his brother.
|Rozsavolgyi taking handoff from Iharos in the heyday|
|Sandor Iharos at White City Stadium, London, England|
|Viren winning 10,000 at Munich ahead of Emiel Puttemans and Miruts Yifter|
|Let's not forget that Rono had WR steeple too.|
|Emil Zatopek's improvised cooling system during Helsinki marathon|
|Emil Zatopek speaking in the streets during the Prague Spring in 1968|
He would be banished from an army officer's retirement life to working in a uranium mne for this defiance.
|Paavo Nurmi looking remarkably like Greta Thunberg|
|The podium at la Cross de l'Humanite 1955|
Jerzy Chromik, Vladimir Kuts, Emil Zatopek
|Haile Gebrsellasie taking down Paul Tergat at Sydney|
|Emil Zatopek on the track|
|Lasse Viren in the forest|
|Haile Gebrselassie with Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele|