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3 hours ago, Triplecast said:

R.I.P. John Landy, :AUS  91, second man after Roger Bannister to run the mile in under 4 minutes, bronze medal 1500 m at 1956 Olympics 

 

https://www.espn.com/olympics/summer/athletics/story/_/id/33372337/australian-middle-distance-icon-john-landy-dies-91

 

Search on YouTube for a clip of one of the greatest races of all time, the 1954 Miracle Mile with Bannister & Landy going head-to-head in the Empire Games in Edmonton.

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Australian cricket legend Shane Warne at age 52, just the day after the death of another legend Rodney Marsh.  Some of the balls Warne bowled utterly defied the laws of physics.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10577963/Cricket-legend-Shane-Warne-died-aged-52-massive-heart-attack.html#comments

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A couple of recent passings:  Henry Herscovici :ISR sport shooter, competed in 1968 and 1972.  He was Israel’s flag bearer in the 1972 Opening Ceremony. Was 95 yrs old.

 

Charlie Greene, :USA   1968,   Bronze in the 100 meters, Gold in the 4 x 100  relay.  A few days short of 77.

 

 

 

 

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Josef Panáček :CZE  (Shooting, Skeet) Montreal 1976 Olympic Champion

 

In Canada he was one of the two TCH Olympic champions alongside Anton Tkáč in Track Cycling Sprint, was the only games when Czechoslovakia won 2 gold medals equally by 1 czech and 1 slovak athlete.  Panáček was Czech, Tkáč is Slovak.

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Karol Divín :SVK  86 (Figure Skating - Squaw Valley 1960 Silver Medalist)

 

He was the first Slovak to win a Winter Olympic medal in individual sport (second overall after Ladislav Troják member of the Czechoslovak Hockey Silver Team in 1948)

 

He was also 2 times European Champion and won 6 other European medals,and two time World Champiosnhip medalist.

 

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Batak Lufan (35) former coach and athlete in Israel’s kayak team, won the 2006 bronze medal in the European championship, and up until now was a coach for the Paralympic team, was murdered yesterday in a vicious attack on a pub in Tel Aviv,while celebrating a friend’s birthday,along with two other men, BDE

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