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Dana Zátopková

Dana Zátopková

Czech javelin thrower
Dana Zátopková
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Intro Czech javelin thrower
Is Athlete Javelin thrower
From Czech Republic
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 19 September 1922, Karviná
Age 98 years
Family
Spouse: Emil Zátopek
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Biography

Dana Zátopková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdana ˈzaːtopkovaː]; née Ingrová [ˈɪŋɡrovaː], born September 19, 1922) is a Czech former javelin thrower. She won the gold medal for javelin in the 1952 Summer Olympics (only an hour after her husband, Emil Zátopek, won the 5,000 m), and the silver medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She was the European champion in 1954 and 1958. She also set a world record in 1958 (55.73 m) when she was 35, making her the oldest woman to break one in an outdoor athletics event.
Zátopková and her husband were the witnesses at the wedding ceremony of Olympic gold medalists Olga Fikotová and Harold Connolly in Prague in 1957. Emil spoke to the Czechoslovak president Antonín Zápotocký to request help in Olga getting a permit to marry Connolly. While it's not clear how much this helped, they surprisingly received a permit a few days later.

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