When it was all in the melting pot on the Los Angeles freeways in 1984, the one thought we all had was if came down to a question of toughness John Treacy would be ok.
And so it proved when he outsprinted England's Charlie Spedding, himself a fearsome competitor, in the stadium to win Olympic silver in the marathon.
Treacy always made running look like agony but at the same time made you believe the agony could be overcome.
That was how it worked when he won his back-to-back World Cross Country titles and when, after collapsing in the heats of the 10,000m at the Moscow Olympics, he then qualified for the 5,000m final. The little man always had an incredibly big heart.