Died the first Soviet Olympic champion

Soviet athlete who brought the Soviet Union first Olympic gold, Nina Ponomareva died at the age of 87 years. About this TASS said the head of Russian athletics Federation (vfla) Dmitry shlyahtin.

“We regret that died today Nina Ponomareva,” said shlyahtin. According to him, the funeral will be held Monday, August 22.

Nina Ponomareva was born 27 April 1929 in the village of Bow in the Sverdlovsk region. First was fond of cross-country disciplines, and later turned into a discus thrower.

Ponomarev — the eightfold champion of the USSR, his first championship was won in 1951. The Olympic champion she became in 1952 in Helsinki in discus and set the Olympic record with a score of a 51.02 m. On for the second Olympic games of 1956 in Melbourne Ponomarev won the bronze medal, repeating the success of four years ago has not allowed injury. In addition, at the Olympics in Rome in 1960, Soviet athlete became a double Olympic champion. In 1966 she retired and began coaching in Kiev. In 1998 he returned to Russia.