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Norrie Williamson Reviews Three Men Named Matthews by Richard Mayer

Three Men Named MatthewsVerdict: carrot

This book chronicles the careers of three leading lights among the wealth of distance running in South Africa, which hit a purple patch in the eighties.

Apartheid had seen the country evolve as a political pariah of the world. Sporting competition was isolated to local and national events, with limited direct comparison to international levels. It seemed the least-likely time for world-class performances, and yet ironically, it was this period that spawned South Africa’s golden age of distance running.

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