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Medal record

Irina Press
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1960 Rome 80 metre hurdles
Gold 1964 Tokyo Pentathlon

Irina Natanovna Press (Russian: Ирина Натановна Пресс; Ukrainian: Ірина Натанівна Пресс, Irina Natanivna Press) (10 March 1939, Kharkov – 21 February 2004, Russia[1]) was a Ukrainian athlete who won two Olympic gold medals for the USSR team, in 80 m hurdles (1960) and pentathlon (1964). She trained at VSS Trud and later at Dynamo.

Sisters Tamara and Irina Press won five track and field Olympic gold medals for the Soviet Union, and set 26 world records in the 1960s. Their careers suddenly ended at the time that sex verification was introduced.[2] Critics have suggested that the Presses were actually male, or perhaps hermaphrodites.


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