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NURMI Paavo (1897-1973) Finland / Track and field
Nurmi, who was the best middle and long distance runner of the 1920s, broke more than 15 world records over 1500, 5000 and 10,000 m making him one of the greatest champions of all time.He was 3 times Olympic champion in Antwerp in 1920, 5 times gold medallist in Paris four years later and won a ninth gold medal in Amsterdam in 1928.He would have probably won a tenth gold medal at the Los Angeles games of 1932 but he was banned for life from all competition for involvement in professional activities just before the games in California started.Nurmi was dubbed "the scientific athlete" on account of his methods of preparation; he always ran with a gold chronometer in the palm of his hand.
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