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    Happy birthday today (Monday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Friday 75 years ago today and died on a Friday almost three years ago.

    Our birthday athlete was born in a country which no longer exists and competed in a total five Olympic Games.

    Even though this champion did not compete in the Olympic hurdles, our birthday individual did win three Olympic gold medals.

    You may know that this athlete won Olympic gold as a teenager.

    The last of the five Olympic Games in which our birthday athlete competed was the only Olympic Games in which this person did not win an Olympic medal.

    Some of you may know that our birthday athlete set two world records at the Olympic Games.

    Time to name this champion on the penultimate Monday of May.

  • #2
    Must be the great Irena SzewiƄska.

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    • #3
      Irena Szewinska was born 75 years ago today in Leningrad, Soviet Union. Very good, gmak. Szewinski competed in five Olympics: 1964 (Tokyo), where she won the Olympic silver medal in the 200, gold in the four by 100 relay (she ran the second leg as Irena Kirszenstein), and silver in the women's long jump. 1968 (Mexico City), when she took the Olympic bronze medal in the 100, gold in the 200 with a world record of 22.5, and she didn't make the final in the long jump and the four by 100 relay. 1972 (Munich), Irena did not final in the 100 and got the bronze medal in the 200. 1976 (Montreal), Szewinska set a world record in winning the 400 in 49.28. 1980 (Moscow), her final Olympics and she did not make the 400 final or the four by 100 relay final, or the four by 400 relay final.

      Irena Szewinska died in June of 2018 (cancer) in Warsaw, Poland at the age of 72.

      Thank you, gmak.

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      • #4
        What does 11th letter mean?

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        • #5
          Eleventh letter is "K". Irena won her first two Olympic medals with the name Kirszenstein.

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          • #6
            Anyone know when her family fled east from Poland.

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