Five Years Apart


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Five Years Apart

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:35 am

Happy birthday today (Friday) to two Olympic champions born on the same continent exactly five years apart.

Athlete A was born 51 years ago today and won a silver medal at the World Championships a year before triumphing at the Olympics. This athlete broke the world record four times, always in the same city.

Athlete B was born 46 years ago today and has won more World Championship gold medals than any other athlete - man or woman - in that event. Also an Olympic gold and silver medallist and a WC bronze medallist, athlete B never broke the world record.

Both athletes are still among the all-time top 10 in their best events. Can you name today's birthday athletes?
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Re: Five Years Apart

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:28 am

Athlete "B" sounds a lot like Lars Riedel. Not sure about "A".
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Re: Five Years Apart

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:53 am

Yes, athlete B is Lars Riedel. Nice job, DoubleRBar.

Athlete A is a woman. You can forget about the relays in trying to work out her identity.
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Re: Five Years Apart

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:21 am

She would have been competing around the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. I'm going with Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir. I saw her in Helsinki and one year later in Los Angeles.
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Re: Five Years Apart

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:00 am

You've done it again!

Excellent work, DoubleRBar, and happy birthday to Lars Riedel and Anișoara Cușmir-Stanciu. Be sure to check this section again tomorrow :wink:
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