Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips began a journalistic career by working for the highly regarded World Sports magazine. He was editor of the British Olympic Association’s Official Report of the 1968 Mexico Olympics. He later turned to a career in public relations, and concurrently spent seventeen years as a member of BBC Radio’s athletics commentary team, covering all the major meetings worldwide. He has attended seven Olympic Games and has reported on more than a dozen different sports in written or broadcast form. In recent years he has written a series of widely acclaimed books, including histories of the sub-four-minute-mile and of the Commonwealth Games and biographies of the great Czech distance-runner, Emil Zátopek, and of the British 1936 Olympic relay medallist, Bill Roberts. He claims a long and exceedingly modest competitive career as a marathon-runner and time-trial cyclist, and he now lives with his wife in South-West France.

The 1948 Olympics

The 1948 Olympic Games were the first of the postwar era. Britain was still suffering the after effects of the war. Rationing was in operation. Bomb sites remained throughout London and other major cities. Yet London took on the Games and staged them very successfully. There was no election of…