In conclusion, “Running for Black Gold” summarises the overall trends and patterns created by the athletes followed throughout the narrative – highlighting the leading countries and the leading individual athletes.
It shows the patterns of ‘clean sweeps’ and ‘mini slams’ achieved by both males and females in the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships, especially in the steeplechase, 1,500 metres, 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and marathon.
It highlights those elite athletes (nine men and five women) who have achieved Olympic and IAAF World Championship gold medals and those supreme of all African athletes who have achieved a ‘full bag’ of Olympic and World Championship gold medals and additionally established world records: Said Aouita, Noredinne Morcelli, Hicham El Gerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebreselassie amongsth the men, and Mereset Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba amongst the women.
From those, it suggests which athletes would be bronze, silver and gold medallists on the ‘all-time podium’ in the African athletes hall of fame.
It is an astonishing and unique fifty year pageant “from Bikila to Bekele”.