10 FEB 2006 General News

1936 Olympic women's High Jump champion dies

Ibolya Csak, winner of the High Jump at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, has died. She was 91.

Csak died Thursday, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said.

She was hospitalized earlier this month after breaking her hip in a fall at her home.

She also won the high jump at the 1938 European championships in Vienna, Austria, with a leap of 1.64m, which stood as the Hungarian national record for 23 years.

Csak originally finished second in Vienna, but was awarded the gold medal weeks later, when it was discovered that the German competitor who beat her was a man.

Born in Budapest on Jan. 6, 1915, Csak was Hungary's first female Olympic and European champion in athletics.

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