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First, Second and Third

Postby LopenUupunut » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:17 am

Happy 77th birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic medallist.

In fact, today's birthday athlete won one of each Olympic medal - gold, silver and bronze - plus a second gold medal to boot.

This champion also placed first, second and third in another noteworthy championships. In a certain event, T&FN world-ranked this athlete #1 once, #2 once and #3 once.

Name our birthday athlete.
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby rhymans » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:16 pm

Well - I think I know this. This athlete was Very Good indeed - probably the second best ever.
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby LopenUupunut » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:23 am

Indeed :)

For everyone else, here's an extra clue... the Oly golds came eight years apart.
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby Pego » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:44 pm

If anybody gets this without cheating, my hat is off. Richard, you are good... but we knew that 8-).
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby KDFINE » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:15 pm

Golubnichy? I think he won his golds eight years apart.
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby catson52 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:25 pm

Just beaten to the punch. Yes, has to be Golubnichy. Who was the greatest ever in the 20km walk?
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby LopenUupunut » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:46 pm

Well done, KDFINE and catson52, and belated happy birthday to Vladimir Golubnichy. He won Olympic golds in 1960 and 1968, a silver in 1972 and a bronze in 1964; in addition, he was Euro gold medallist in 1974, silver medallist in 1966 and bronze medallist in 1962. T&FN ranked him #1 in '74, #2 in '72 and #3 in '70... the first year walkers were ranked :)
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby Powell » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:04 pm

catson52 wrote:Just beaten to the punch. Yes, has to be Golubnichy. Who was the greatest ever in the 20km walk?


Jefferson Perez, possibly? Otherwise, I don't see anyone comparable to Golubnichy in the history of the event. Unless RH meant racewalking in general, in which case it's gotta be Robert Korzeniowski.
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Re: First, Second and Third

Postby rhymans » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:59 am

Powell was right - I wanted to avoid any mention of the 20k event - would have given it away
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