“A book which will very soon be recognised as the athletics volume of the century,” so wrote Harold Abrahams in his foreword to Robert Quercetani’s first world history of modern athletics, published in 1964.
Half a century later, those words from the 1924 Olympic 100m champion sound prophetic. Quercetani’s latest version, which covers the history of the sport from 1860 to 2013, has recently been published. Each chapter covers a given period of time and recalls facts and figures in their multiform human, competitive and technical aspects, for both men and women.
The book can be ordered direct from the publishers, Edit Vallardi.