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Hungarian great Csak dies aged 91

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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The first Hungarian woman to win Olympic gold, 1936 high jump champion Ibolya Csak, has died at the age of 91.

Csak, who could be seen in the stands at athletics meetings until quite recently, died from complications following a fall.

Csak won the high jump at the Berlin Games in one of the tightest competitions in the event when three athletes cleared 160 centimeters but all failed at 162.

The rules at the time required a fourth jump and only Csak cleared, giving her the gold medal.

Csak also won gold at the 1938 European Championships but found out only several days after the event that she had triumphed when judges ruled that the winner on the day was actually a man.

Csak won nine Hungarian titles, including two in the long jump, and her 164cm national high jump record set at the 1938 European meet stood for 24 years.

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