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    Faina Melnik just died. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.404a9d67f8e9 - story does not give a lot of details

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    I remember her winning the discus in Munich. It was a few days after the Black September group's murders at the Olympic Village and the same day Frank Shorter won the marathon (final day of competition). Sorry to hear this news.

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    • #3
      Perhaps I might also share my memory of Faina Melnik, which was in the early days of my T&F fandom, in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, EC 1971. I was 7 years old and had perhaps never heard about Faina Melnik. But I liked her name and said: "next Faina Melnik will throw a world record" and that indeed did happen. If I only had preserved that talent of clairvoyance, I might have made a fortune through betting. Alas, ...

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      • #4
        Died 16 December 2016 in Moscow, for those keeping score.

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          only woman discus thrower ever to be TFN's AOY

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          • #6
            Flump and I twice tried to get her to take a photo with us and twice she ran away !!
            i deserve extra credit

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mump boy View Post
              Flump and I twice tried to get her to take a photo with us and twice she ran away !!
              Your reputations precede you!

              But seriously, Melnik also used (pioneered?) the heel turn at the back of the circle. I experimented with this method and got quite good at it but it only got me the same distance as any other approach. I might lace up the old shoes and take a throw in her memory next weekend.

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