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Putin honors Tamara Press' birthday

You earned the respect of opponents and the love of millions of fans, Russian President Vladimir Putin said of Tamara Press. UPI.
"You earned the respect of opponents and the love of millions of fans," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of Tamara Press. UPI. | License Photo

MOSCOW, May 10 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his best wishes to triple Olympic gold medal-winning athlete Tamara Press on her 75th birthday Thursday.

"You earned the respect of opponents and the love of millions of fans," Putin said in a statement. "Success also accompanied you in the field of coaching. Your students repeatedly became winners of prestigious international competitions."

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Press and her sister Irina won five Olympic medals between them and set 26 world records in track and field events, RIA Novosti reported.

The sisters disappeared from the athletic world in 1966, shortly after the International Association of Athletics Federations introduced mandatory gender testing for female competitors.

Both Tamara and Irina Press faced accusations that they were either hermaphrodites, men dressed as women or were taking male hormones to make them stronger.

Irina Press died in 2004.

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