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KIRZEINSTEIN-SWEWINSKA Irina (1946) Poland / Track and field
This Polish girl has one of the greatest collections of medals in world athletics - the games are designed just for people like her. Born in a Russian refugee camp, she arrived in Poland at the age of 8 and rapidly became the best sprinter in the country, thanks to her extraordinary power of acceleration.Silver medallist in the 200 m and the long jump at Tokyo in 1964, she also won the 4x100 m with the Polish team.In Mexico City, she was Olympic champion in the 200 m, beating the world record.In Munich, she was bronze medallist over her favourite distance.Aged nearly 30 in Montreal, she went in for the long sprint and took a new gold medal in the 400 m. In 1998 she became a member of the IOC after being the president of the Polish athletics federation. Irina Szewinska is an econometric engineer.
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