Us mere mortals will never cease to be amazed by the athletes and Olympians who fight their whole lives for that one chance at glory. Training day and night, facing impossible odds and fighting for a place in the history books, these athletes sacrifice all normality to achieve their goals and live lives we can only dream of (whilst sitting in our crisp-covered PJs in front of the TV of course).
And so with so many exciting events this year, we’ve put together a list of some of the most fascinating and inspiring books on athletics out there to get us pumped up to cheer on our heroes. From home-grown talent such as Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, to record breakers such as Usain Bolt, Sir Roger Bannister and David Weir, there are many truly inspirational stories out there that every athletics fan needs to read. Let us know your favourites in the comments box below.