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  • RIP Dorothy Manley

    Dorothy Manley who won Olympic silver in the 100m behind Fanny Blankers-Koen in 1948 has died at 94:

    https://athleticsweekly.com/athletic...94-1039951123/

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    Manley was working as a typist in 1948 but took unpaid leave to compete in the Olympics. British team management gave her a blazer and skirt to wear at the opening ceremony but she travelled to her competitions on the Tube and raced wearing a singlet and shorts that her mother had made for her. “It was very different being an athlete back then,” she recalled in recent years.

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    • #3
      Are any medalists from 1948 still alive? How about 1936?

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      • #4
        1936? 85 years ago? If they were 15 then they would be 100.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by noone View Post
          Are any medalists from 1948 still alive? How about 1936?
          I think Herb Douglas (1948 mLJ bronze) may be the oldest living track and field medalist.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gm View Post

            I think Herb Douglas (1948 mLJ bronze) may be the oldest living track and field medalist.
            Correct, according to the site of the site of bambam's OlyMADMen colleague who keeps track of such stuff

            https://acsweb.ucsd.edu/~ptchir/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wamego relays champ View Post

              Correct, according to the site of the site of bambam's OlyMADMen colleague who keeps track of such stuff

              https://acsweb.ucsd.edu/~ptchir/
              Correct, and Bob Richards is the oldest living gold medalist (in athletics) per Paul Tchir (Canadian Paul, as we call him [guess where he is from]).

              Paul is invaluable to Olympedia and the OlyMADMen. He is an Arabic scholar, just finishing his PhD in Arabic studies, and is fluent in the language. In addition to his hobby of tracking Oldest Living Olympians, he keeps track of our Arabic Olympians, correcting names and spelling etc. And although we call him Canadian Paul, he is now basically based in the USA (UC Santa Barbara) where he is finishing up his PhD

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                1936? 85 years ago? If they were 15 then they would be 100.
                We only know of 3 Olympians from the 1936 Olympics who are still alive - but none from track & field athletics.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                  And although we call him Canadian Paul, he is now basically based in the USA (UC Santa Barbara) where he is finishing up his PhD
                  "Would you believe..." UC San Diego?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Davidokun View Post
                    "Would you believe..." UC San Diego?
                    Is that where he is now? He was at UCSB for awhile, because I used to send mail to him there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                      We only know of 3 Olympians from the 1936 Olympics who are still alive - but none from track & field athletics.
                      I hadn't realized how many children competed as Olympians in the early years. For example...

                      Inge Sörensen, 12 years, 21 days: Sörensen won bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Her win makes her the youngest individual Olympic medalist since Loundras and Giavotti won on teams.

                      Ines Vercesi, 12 years, 216 days: Another youth that appeared alongside Giavotti in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, Vercesi also won silver for Italy.

                      Noël Vandernotte, 12 years, 230 days: Vandernotte claims the record as the youngest person to win multiple Olympic medals. He won bronze in rowing for coxed pairs and coxed fours in the 1936 Berlin Olympics for France. He served as the coxswain, the person responsible for steering the boat and instructing fellow rowers.

                      Carla Marangoni, 12 years, 269 days: The 1928 Italy gymnastics squad was full of youth. Marangoni was the third 12-year-old on the team in Amsterdam to win silver.

                      https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...es/5395355001/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                        1936? 85 years ago? If they were 15 then they would be 100.
                        My mother is 103, in good health. It happens.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                          Is that where he is now? He was at UCSB for awhile, because I used to send mail to him there.
                          what is this word "mail"?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by noone View Post

                            My mother is 103, in good health. It happens.
                            My dad lived to 105 ..... on his 100th Birthday he walked a mile on the track.
                            Last edited by Conor Dary; 11-04-2021, 09:06 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                              Correct, and Bob Richards is the oldest living gold medalist (in athletics) per Paul Tchir (Canadian Paul, as we call him [guess where he is from]).

                              Paul is invaluable to Olympedia and the OlyMADMen. He is an Arabic scholar, just finishing his PhD in Arabic studies, and is fluent in the language. In addition to his hobby of tracking Oldest Living Olympians, he keeps track of our Arabic Olympians, correcting names and spelling etc. And although we call him Canadian Paul, he is now basically based in the USA (UC Santa Barbara) where he is finishing up his PhD
                              Is Paul by any chance a native of Drumheller, Alberta?

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