German Olympic gold medallist Ilke Wyludda has had her right leg amputated after she contracted septicemia.
German Olympic gold medallist Ilke Wyludda has had her right leg amputated after she contracted septicemia.

Discus queen loses leg

Time of article published Jan 8, 2011

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Berlin – Ilke Wyludda, crowned women's discus champion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, has had her right leg amputated after contracting septicemia.

“I had a choice between losing my leg or losing my life, so I chose to live,” the 41-year-old German told Saturday's edition of Bild.

Born in Leipzig Wyludda had undergone multiple surgery, mostly on her right knee, before taking the decision to amputate.

“Pain had become a part of me,” Wyludda, who trained as a paramedic after retiring frrom athletics, explained.

A junior discus world champion, she set 11 junior world records, Wyludda claimed gold in Atlanta with a throw of 69.66m, beating Natalya Sadova from Russia and Elina Zvereva of Belarus for the title.

She retired never having won a world championship at senior level, picking up silver in Tokyo in 1991 and again filling the runners-up spot in Gothenburg in 1995.

She went unbeaten with a run of 41 wins from 1985 to the world championships in 1991 where she lost out to Tsvetanka Khristova of Bulgaria.

A double European champion Wyludda's last appearance on the international stage came at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where she came in seventh behind Zvereva. – Sapa-AFP

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