Dana Zátopková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdana ˈzaːtopkovaː]; née Ingrová [ˈɪŋɡrovaː], 19 September 1922 – 13 March 2020) was a Czech javelin thrower. She won the gold medal for javelin at 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 in 2007
|Born||19 September 1922|
|Died||13 March 2020 (aged 97)|
Prague, Czech Republic
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 is not clear how much this helped, they did receive a permit a few days later.
|1948||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||7th||39.94 m|
|1950||European Championships||Brussels, Belgium||5th||41.34 m|
|1952||Olympic Games||Helsinki, Finland||1st||50.47 m|
|1954||European Championships||Bern, Switzerland||1st||52.91 m|
|1956||Olympic Games||Melbourne, Australia||4th||49.83 m|
|1958||European Championships||Stockholm, Sweden||1st||56.02 m|
|1960||Olympic Games||Rome, Italy||2nd||53.78 m|
- Biography at zivotopisyonline.cz (in Czech)
- "Zemřela Dana Zátopková". Deník N (in Czech). 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
- Obituaries, Telegraph (March 13, 2020). "Dana Zatopkova, Olympic javelin champion whose love affair with Emil Zatopek enthralled the sporting world – obituary" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
- Litsky, Frank (March 13, 2020). "Dana Zatopkova, Champion Javelin Thrower, Is Dead at 97" – via NYTimes.com.
- "Olga Fikotová-Connolly: 1956 Olympic champion dubbed "traitor" in communist Czechoslovakia over romance with US athlete". Radio Prague International.
- In-depth article from European Athletics at the Wayback Machine (archived 2010-02-24)
- Dana Ingrova-Zatopkova at the International Olympic Committee
- Dana Ingrová-Zátopková at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archive)
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