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KOZAKIEWICZ Wladislaw (1953) Poland / Track and field
During the Olympic pole-vaulting competition at the Moscow Games in 1980, the spectators whistled at all non-Soviet contestants. Suddenly, this Polish athlete launched himself into the sky, cleared 5.78m, bettered the world record and won the gold medal.Back on solid ground, he couldn't resist giving the crowds in the Lenin Stadium the finger. Little did he know that this would become one of the symbols of Polish resistance to Soviet power. A few years later he was forced to emigrate to Germany.
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