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  • #16
    Janusz Kusocinski it is, bambam1729. Good work. Kusocinski won the 10,000 in 1932 (same year Dean Smith was born) at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He ran the second fastest 10,000 ever with his Olympic record of 30:11.4. Sadly, less than eight years later he would be killed at the start of World War II.


    • #17
      From our Olympedia bio of Kusocinski:

      During World War II, Kusociński volunteered for the Polish Army and was wounded twice. Released because of his injuries he served in the Polish resistance during German occupation, and he was arrested by the Gestapo on 26 March 1940 and was imprisoned in the Mokotów prison. He was executed by the Germans three months later, in Palmiry, near Warsaw. In his honor, the best known Polish athletics meet is called the Kusociński Memorial, which had now been held for almost 60 years.


      • #18
        In Czechoslovakia, a similar story was Evžen Rošický. What is now Odložil Memorial used to be Rošický Memorial. They changed the name sometime after Odložil's tragic death.
        "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
        by Thomas Henry Huxley