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Olympic Athletes Deaths

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Deaths of Olympians in June.


:USA Rod Larrieu, 83 - Athletics

:CZE Josef Smolka, 81 - Volleyball (1×B)

:AUS John Cuneo, 91 - Sailing (1×G)

:FIN Veli Lehtala, 84 - Rowing (2×B)

:HUN Istvan Kausz, 87 - Fencing (1×G)

:GBR Donald Macgregor, 81 - Athletics

:NED Pieter van der Kruk, 78 - Weightlifting 

:LUX Jean Link, 80 - Fencing

:USA Pete Rademacher, 91 - Boxing (1×G)

:USA Kurt Thomas, 64 - Gymnastics

:MAS Zambrose Abdul Rahman, 76 - Athletics

:HUN Peter Marot, 75 - Fencing (1×S, 1xB)

:HUN Odon Foldessy, 90 - Athletics (1×B)

:CAN Cy Strulovitch, 74 - Basketball

:GER Hermann Salomon, 82 - Athletics

:USA Jim Grelle, 83 - Athletics

:CAN Phil Takahashi, 63 - Judo

:ETH Seife Makonnen, 68 - Boxing

:CHI Juan Diaz, 84 - Boxing

:BRA Marinho (aka Mario Jose dos Reis Emiliano), 63 - Football

:BEL Ronny Van Sweevelt, 57 - Cycling

:CHI Marlene Ahrens, 86 - Athletics (1×S)

:HUN Gyorgy Karpati, 84 - Water Polo (3×G, 1×B)

:HUN Tibor Benedek, 47 - Water Polo (3×G)

:BEL Milo Sarens, 82 - Boxing

:HUN Endre Lepold, 64 - Athletics

:FRA Noel Vandernotte, 96 - Rowing (2×B)

:ANG Pedro Lima, 47 - Swimming

:SRB Bobana Velickovic, 30 - Shooting

:AUS Manny Santos, 85 - Weightlifting

:IRQ Ahmed Radhi, 56 - Football

:HUN Richard Bicskey, 83 - Cycling

:USA Dick Buerkle, 72 - Athletics

:POL Witold Baran, 80 - Athletics

:TUR Yebhi Akdag, 71 - Wrestling (1×S)

:IRQ Mohammed Yaseen Mohammed, 57 - Weightlifting

:CHI Juan Ostoic, 89 - Basketball

:URS Ivan Utrobin, 86 - Cross-country Skiing (1×B)

:SVK Marian Cisovsky, 40 - Football

:URS Aleksandr Kabanov, 72 - Water Polo (2×G)


And three late reported deaths from May.


:GBR Sidney Cross, 94 - Athletics

:POL Jozef Grzesiak, 79 - Boxing (1×B)

:HUN Karoly Wieland, 86 - Canoeing (1×B)


The total number of former Olympians who passed away in June was 40, just short of this year's high of 42 seen in April.


This included six Olympic champions with the sport of water polo hit particularly hard. Two triple gold medallists from Hungary Gyorgy Karpati and Tibor Benedek died within a day of each other. They were from two different generations but both contributed hugely to their country's domination of this sport since the 1930s. Aleksandr Kabanov of the former Soviet Union had an equally distinguished career in the sport winning two gold medals as a competitor before coaching Russia to consecutive titles in Sydney and Athens.


In a sad month for Hungary they lost a third Olympic champion with the death of fencer Istvan Kausz who won a gold in the team epee in Tokyo in 1964. Pete Rademacher of the USA was the Olympic heavyweight boxing champion in Melbourne in 1956. Finally, at Munich in 1972 John Cuneo of Australia won a gold medal in sailing's three man Dragon class.


Noel Vandernotte of France was one of the few remaining pre-WW11 Olympians at the time of his death. As a 12 year old he coxed both the pair and the four to bronze medals at the 1936 rowing regatta. Marlene Ahrens won a silver medal in the javelin in Melbourne in 1956 and remains the only Chilean woman to win an Olympic medal.


Pieter van der Kruk of the Netherlands was a national champion in both weightlifting and shot putting. In an unusual occurrence he qualified for the 1968 Olympics in both sports but ultimately decided that he would concentrate on weightlifting.


Lastly it it is particularly sad to note the death of Bobana Velickovic of Serbia who becomes the fourth competitor from Rio to leave us this year.







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Damn, I had completely missed the death of Piet van der Kruk :yikes: 


The last Dutch Olympic weightlifter (no, I'm not counting Youth Olympics here) and until 2016 the Dutch weightlifting commentator for Eurosport. I always had mixed feelings about that: technically he was very good and absolutely knew what he was talking about, but he didn't know the all. Like, basic facts about them. For a total non-weightlifting country though, he was good as a commentator.

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:GHA Alfred Kotey (boxing, 1988) passed away in New York.



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Non-Olympic, but Sir Everton Weekes one of Barbados and the West Indies greatest ever players has died at the age of 95. Together with Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott they were known simply as the "Three Ws" from the 1950s onwards. Weekes is the only man to have scored five consecutive test centuries in the 143 years of test cricket.

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6 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:

:AUS Snowboard Cross rider Alex Pullen killed in diving accident.  Triple Olympian, twice World Champion.

What a loss :cry:


I grew up watching him at the X Games and the Olympics. This is the hardest I’ve been affected by an athlete death in a while. I vividly remember cheering for him on multiple occasions. He wasn’t an athlete I follow in-depth or on social media, but he was someone I always pulled for the big contests. This has just been the worst year for the Olympic movement.

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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair” - Nelson Mandela

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Damn, you decide to retire and before even announcing it, your life is over :cry: 


RIP Alex Pullin

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