Great Olympians

Biographies - TAK

Takács Károly

B. 1910-01-21, Budapest, Hungary
Shooting (2 gold)
1948 1952 HP
Rapid-Fire Pistol gold gold 19200

Between 1929 and 1938 he shot right-handed, but then he lost his right hand in a hand-grenade explosion and he taught himself to shoot left-handed. He was a member of the Hungarian national team that won the world title at Lucerne in 1939 and after the war he won his two Olympic titles.

Anni Helena Takalo

Nordic Skiing (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
1972 1976 1980 HP
10 km fifth silver bronze 8316
5 km 9th gold 8th 6816
3 x 5 km silver 2475
4 x 5 km silver fifth

Miho Takeda

Synchronized Swimming (2 silver)
2000 2004 HP
Duet silver silver 10000

Twice together with Miya Tachibana

Masao Takemoto

Gymnastics (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

(104.25 HP)

Gholamreza Takhti

B. 1930-08-27, Tehran, Iran; D. 1968-01-07
Wrestling - Free-Style (1 gold, 2 silver)
1952 1956 1960 1964 HP
-79 kg silver 30000
-87 kg gold silver
-97 kg fourth

Born in Tehran and raised in poor circumstances. He trained in a makeshift sports hall until he left Tehran to work as an oilworker. After being drafted into the army he was introduced to freestyle wrestling, He won his first Iranian championship in 1950, and became the first Iranian wrestler to win an international medal when he gained silver in the World Championships at Helsinki in 1951, followed by silver at the Helsinki Olympics. Later he won gold in the 1956 Olympics and the 1959 World championships.
Although Tahkti competed unsuccessfully at the 1964 Olympics and 1966 World championships this was due to his being chosen for adverse political reasons. Although he had retired from competition the government of the time attempted to discredit him in the eyes of the people (with whom he was extremely popular, particularly from an anti-government stance) by sending him to certain defeat. although he lost in competition his popularity was not diminished.
His mysterious death in 1967 was "officially" listed as suicide but the popular opinion was one of political assasination by government forces.

Written 2000-12-03 - last modified 2011-09-08

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