Female Olympic Champions: sportswomen who made history
Irina Szewinska
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Irina Szewinska

Born: 24th May, 1946.

Across six consecutive Olympic Games between the years of 1964 and 1980, Polish athlete Irina Szewinska took home three gold medals (from Tokyo in 1964, Mexico in 1968, and Montreal in 1976), two silver medals, and two bronze medals.  

If you were in any doubt of her abilities, she also held world records for speed over 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres. We're tired just thinking of all that running!

After retiring as an athlete, she continued to work in sports, becoming vice-president of the Polish Olympic Committee as well as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Photo : Irina Szewinska

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