László Tábori: The People’s Sport, The People’s Champion
If I compare publicity percentage-wise, I had 75% for the Mile and 25% for the 1500 meters.
From Tracksmith's METER Magazine #04
László Tábori, in 1955, was the third man to break 4 minutes for the Mile, a feat that made the Hungarian famous around the world.
"Nothing gave me as much support or publicity like the Mile. I ran a 1500 meter world record. If I compare publicity percentage-wise, I had 75% for the Mile and 25% for the 1500 meters. I had five world records behind me, including the relay, but the Mile gave lots and lots of publicity."
After the 1956 Olympics, Tábori defected to the west, settling in California where he still lives today, and where METER magazine spoke to him for a feature in Issue #04.
For the complete article and more METER information, go to: journal.tracksmith.com
In addition to the magazine feature, Bring Back the Mile’s David Monico, together with Will Allen, produced a short film on Tábori’s life to-date:
Lessons from László Tábori interview HERE.
EDITOR'S NOTE: László Tábori, the third man to go sub-4 in 1955, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He was 86. We honor his memory as an athlete, Olympian, world record holder, coach, storyteller and good man. #Legend