Polish athlete nominated for Athletics Weekly's '75-year legend' award

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The late sprinter Irena Szewinska is among five female athletes nominated for the title of '75-year legend' by the magazine Athletic Weekly.

Between 1964 and 1980 Szewinska won three Olympic sprinting golds along with four other Olympic medals. She also broke six world records and is the only athlete, female or male, to have held a world record at 100, 200 and 400 metres.

The five others competing for the women’s "Legend” title are the Netherlands' Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals at the London Olympics in 1948, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who stood on the Olympic podium six times, world record-winning American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersey and three-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion long distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia.

In addition to announcing the winners of the '75-year legend' awards in December, the British magazine's journalists will also award annual prizes.

The results of the vote will be announced in December.