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Legendary Hungarian Javelin coach passes away

Dr Jenö Koltai, former Head Coach of the Hungarian Athletic Association and its most successful national track and field trainer passed away at the age of 87.

He was also coach and mentor to numerous great javelin throwers including World record holder and Olympic winner in Montreal Miklós Németh,  Angela Németh who was gold medallist at the Mexico Games and the European championships in 1969, as well as three-time Olympic medallist Gergely Kulcsar. 

Jenö Koltai was often referred to around the world as the Pope of Throwers. He was the first rector of the Hungarian University of Physical Education who perfectly integrated the practice of sport and sport science. It was during his leadership at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico that the Hungarian athletic team celebrated its most successful Olympic Games ever, winning 6 medals and scoring 43 Olympic points.