"He Looked...."He looked… as if he might be having a fit."
— Cordner Nelson
"He ran as if tortured by internal demons."
— Kenny Moore
"He ran every step of a race as if there was a scorpion in each shoe."
— William Johnson
"He runs like a man wasting no time getting out of a graveyard at the witches' hour with blood on the moon."
— Allison Danzig
"Witnesses … still wake up screaming in the dark when Emil the Terrible goes writhing through their dreams, clawing at his abdomen in horrible extremities of pain."
— Red Smith
Zatopek had many critics, but he ultimately silenced the proud criticism of them all.
He runs like a man who has just been stabbed in the heart.
— European coach