Obituary

Dana Zatopkova: Heroine in Olympic love story

22 March 2020 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph

Dana Zatopkova, who has died in Prague aged 97, was a Czechoslovak javelin-thrower who won two Olympic medals but was best known as the wife of the runner Emil Zatopek, with whom she shared a birthday — and, many felt, one of the great Olympic love stories.

Her finest Olympic moment came on July 24 1952 in Helsinki. Her husband had just won gold in the 5,000m...

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