"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