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PREIS-MULLER Ellen (born in 1912) Austria / Track and field
This Austrian fencer revealed herself in 1932 in Los Angeles when she won the gold medal for the single foil event.Despite the subsequent world war and Austria's temporary exclusion, Preiss-Muller was present at every selection for her country until the Melbourne games twenty four years after she won her first title. During that time she won another two bronze medals. PRESS Irina (1939) and Tamara (1937) Russia: Tamara Press was the first of the two sisters to make a mark by winning the Olympic shot putting tournament in Rome in 1960. On the same occasion she got the silver medal for the discus.She made history by winning both the shot and discuss events four years later in Tokyo, a feat that has never been equalled.Tamara's sister Irina was no less of a great athlete: after becoming Olympic champion of the 80 m hurdle race in Rome she went on to win the pentathlon gold medal in Tokyo in 1964.It must be added however that in the late 1960s the two sisters were under pressure to undergo a gender tests. They consistently refused. This naturally casts some doubt as to the authenticity of their brilliant results..
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