18 December 2019

Olympic hurdling champion Karin Balzer has died aged 81

Olympic hurdling champion Karin Balzer has died at the age of 81 following a short illness.

The athletics legend won gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and also won three gold European medals.

The German remains the only female to have three gold European outdoor medals to her name.

Balzer married her coach Karl-Heinz Balzer in 1961 with whom she had two sons, Andreas and Falk. Andreas tragically died in a car accident in 1972.

The hurdler's second son became a world-class hurdler in his own right.

More to follow... 

The best videos delivered daily

Watch the stories that matter, right from your inbox