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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434327876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434327871
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Rono is currently training to break the world record in the mile for men 55 and over. To track Henry's pursuit of the record and to keep up with his other endeavors, please visit http://www.team-rono.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Swierzbinski on December 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a whole, Rono's biography was great. It is the story of one of the most talented runners ever to step foot on a track, yet had his dreams derailed by politics and his own battle with the bottle. As a runner, it was inspiring, yet left some to be desired. Rono nonchalantly glides over his greatest races, barely going into any depth about them, or even telling the times that he ran in his world record races. Also, there are some problems with grammar or names, but these are issues that should have been caught by the editor and shouldn't be held against the author since English is not Rono's first language. Also, the last page leaves off mid-sentence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Run the Rockies on October 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very inspiring. Henry's story is one of a life filled with High's higher and low's lower than most of us will ever experience. A rise from poor Kenyan boy to arguably one of the best middle distance runners of all time then a deep slide into darkness, depression and alcoholism and finally a long climb to sobriety. I would have liked to see more detail in his story but very much enjoyed the read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. L. A. Wilson-phesse on March 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In a space of 81 days in 1978, Henry Rono broke 4 middle distance world records. The first was the 5000m which he ran in a time of 13:08.4 (knocking 4.5seconds off). He then moved onto the event he'd been focused on for the majority of his training; the 3000m Steeplechase. He broke the record for this race by 2.6 seconds, finishing in a time of 8:05.4. The third world record to fall was the 10 000m in which he took 8 seconds off his team mates world record, finishing in 27:22. And finally his total domination of middle distance running was complete with a new world record of 7:32.1 for the 3000m (3.1 seconds faster).

There are many factors that rank these performances as the most impressive in history, in my opinion. For example; the mere fact that he didn't just break the records but smashed the times speak for themselves, in most of the races he ran out ahead alone without the use of pace makers, or for that matter equal competition. Henry broke these records at the start of what promised to be an awesome running career, after having only completed his first year at university.

He also broke the first of these records, the 5000m, after having 'drank with great abandon with friends the night before and spent most of the morning trying to shake a hangover..."

His career was severely mismanaged and after that final world record was broken, it plunged into chaos and corruption as he was manipulated by almost every person he dealt with, while they stole his fame, accolades and money right from under his naive yet fleeting feet. His, already difficult, personal experiences living in the US at a top university spiralled out of control and lead to a 2 decade dissent into alcoholism and homelessness. Nobody cared and Henry was forgotten.
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Henry Rono was the best, the record holder at 4 distances, right at the time in my early 20's I was beginning to train to be the best college runner I could. I had his picture on my bedroom wall back then but only now have I had the opportunity to read his book and to have gotten to know him as a real person. Henry's book shows us all that even the most talented and hardest working runners are only human and that life especially at the top can be tough. Henry's book helps me understand the reality of coming to a foreign country without a good high school education or even knowing English. Then having to strictly comply with a coach on a scholarship to run would make things even more difficult! Makes me imagine what it would be like to be capable of beating the whole world and in running faster than anyone else had ever run! I don't know if I could have handled the pressure and expectations of critics and the politics that go along with it. Most people don't have a clue of what all goes along with being a world class runner. Henry never gave up his dreams however and his book is a true inspiration to me even now in my mid 50's. As we all go through our lives and most of us are past our P.R. peaks for running, this book will inspire us all to always dream and to never give up in all our other endeavors. We can always influence and help others and give our selves to making the world a better place! Tom Kirchgessner fellow runner, husband, father, P.E. teacher, and friend of Henry Rono.
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I raced against the great Henry Rono back in the 1970s and early 1980s when he and I both were in our prime. Of course he was way out front and out of sight. He was as good as I wanted to be. What was it like to be so fast? "Olympic Dream" answers that question, and it's not an answer you'd expect. The answer isn't "DESPITE Rono's dominance on the track..." but "BECAUSE of Rono's dominance on the track" he not only won more races than most, but suffered more than most due to the pressure and exploitation by the track community (e.g., agents, meet directors, "friends", coaches, Kenyan politicians and officials, etc.). He turned to alcohol as a dysfunctional coping method, and fell further than most because he had further to fall. But there is sobriety and redemption on the other side of suffering, and Rono shows the talent and determination that propelled him to world records decades ago now serve him well. He has built his life back up and now lifts up others. I found "Olympic Dream" riveting reading, knowing him only as a two-dimensional distance god until I read the book, but now see the three-dimensional man. Are you a distance-running fan? Read "Olympic Dream" and you may become glad you're slogging away in the chase pack and out of the malicious chaos up front.
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