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MIMOUN Alain (1921) France / Track and field
The best and most popular French runner of all time.Born in Algeria, he rapidly rose to prominence as a specialist in the 5000 and 10,000 m. Unfortunately for him, he was prevented from gaining international stardom by the Czech Emil Zatopek, who beat him more often than not. Three times silver medallist in 1948 and 1952, Mimoun had his moment of glory in 1956 when he won the marathon in Melbourne.He was still running for France at the age of 45, and at almost 75 he was given the honour of carrying the flame to celebrate the opening of the Centenary Conference in Paris in 1994. He was delighted to accept and commented on the fact with his characteristic cheeky humour.
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