13 DEC 1999 General News

Boulmerka, Bubka, Crooks and Zelezny elected IOC members

Boulmerka, Bubka, Crooks and Zelezny elected IOC members

As part of the ongoing reforms of the International Olympic Committee, ten - former or still in activity - athletes have been elected members of the IOC as athletes’ representatives. Of the ten, four athletes represent track and field:

Hassiba Boulmerka (ALG), 31: 1991 and 1995 World Champion at 1500m, she also won Olympic gold at 1500m in Barcelona 1992. In Tokyo, she became the first African woman ever to win a World Championships gold.

Sergey Bubka (UKR), 36: 6 times pole vault World Champion from 1983 to 1997 and Olympic Champion in Seoul 1988. The first man to clear 6 metres, he established a total of 35 world records – 17 indoor and 18 outdoor.

Charmaine Crooks (CAN), 37: 4x400m silver medallist at the 1984 Olympic Games, and 7th in the individual 400m race. Already part of the IOC Ethics Commission, she is now a well known TV presenter in Canada.

Jan Zelezny (CZE), 33: Double World and Olympic Champion in the javelin throw. He won titles in Stuttgart 93 and Gothenburg 95 and Barcelona 92 and Atlanta 96. Zelezny set a total of 5 world javelin records between 1987 and 1996, the latest of which, 98.48m, still stands today.

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