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OLYMPIC REVIEW79OBITUARIESBOHUMILNEMECEKThe Czech Republic's Olympicboxing champion Bohumil Nemecekdied recently at the age of 72. Hewon a gold medal (super lightweightcategory) at the Rome Games in1960. Seven years later he becameEuropean champion. WAYNECOLLETTUS athlete Wayne Collett, the 400msilver medallist at the 1972 Gamesin Munich has died. Born on 20October 1949 in Los Angeles,Collett was a leading member of theUniversity of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) athletics team between1968 and 1971, during which timehe excelled in the 440 yards, milerelay and 440 yards hurdles.NATALIA LAVROVARussian gymnast Natalia Lavrovadied on 23 April in a car accidentnear Penza Oblast (Russia), her hometown. Aged 25, she was Olympicchampion in the team competition atthe Sydney Games in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004.The Polish NOC has announced the death ofits President, Piotr Nurowski, in the planecrash that also killed the President of theRepublic, Lech Kaczynski, on 10 April inSmolensk (Russian Federation). Aged 65, PiotrNurowski had also been a member of theExecutive Committee of the European OlympicCommittees (EOC) since 2005. The IOCPresident expressed his condolences to PiotrNurowski's family, the NOC and the IOCmember in Poland.PIOTRNUROWSKIPOLISH NOC PRESIDENTKILLED IN PLANE CRASHThe first French Olympic swimmingchampion, Jean Boiteux, died on 11 April atthe age of 76. He won the gold medal inthe 400m freestyle in Helsinki in 1952, alsosetting a world record (4 mins 30.7 secs).After ending his sports career in 1956,having won 15 French championship titles,Boiteux became a coach, regional technicaladviser in Aquitaine and President of theGirondins Club in Bordeaux.JEAN BOITEUXFIRST FRENCHMAN TOWIN AN OLYMPIC GOLDSWIMMING MEDAL