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Germany’s 1996 Olympic discus champion wins IPC World Championships medal

Ilke Wyludda

German discus thrower Ilke Wyludda wins the gold medal at the Olympic Stadium during the Olympic Games at Atlanta, Georgia, 29th July 1996. WIth her are Russia’s Natalya Sadova (silver) and Ellina Zvereva of Belarus (bronze). (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

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Ilke Wyludda, the 1996 Olympic women’s discus champion, earned a shot put bronze medal at the IPC World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar, and could become the first athlete to win Olympic and Paralympic track and field medals in 2016.

Wyludda, 46, threw the discus at the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000 after beginning her career competing for East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Her right leg was amputated above the knee nearly five years ago, after a leg wound that didn’t heal properly led to blood poisoning, according to the International Paralympic Committee, citing German reports.

Wyludda also placed fifth in the discus in Doha.

In 2012, she finished fifth in the shot put and ninth in the discus at the London Paralympics.

In 1996, Wyludda won Olympic discus gold with a 69.66-meter throw. In Doha, she threw 23.96 meters for fifth, with the winner throwing 34.31 meters.

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