The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Heritage Legends Reception that took place in Monaco on Sunday (December 2) evening was, essentially, a devotional event.
Legendary track and field performers Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen and Emil Zatopek are among a dozen athletes being honoured here as the first recipients of a scheme to mark their deeds with commemorative plaques.
I had tended to think of Dutch athlete, Fanny Blankers-Koen, simply in terms of considerable athleticism and her four gold medals at the London 1948 Olympic Games. But she was much more. She was a game-change in world athletics and, more importantly, for all women athletes.