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OLYMPIC REVIEW79Nikolai Andrianov, who has won moregymnastic Olympic medals than anyother male athlete, died in his hometownof Vladimir, Russia, on 21 March, aged58. Andrianov's first Olympic medal wasa gold in the 1972 floor competition. Hedominated the 1976 gymnastics comp-etition, winning four golds, two silvers,and a bronze. The golds came in thefloor exercises, rings, and vault, as wellas the prized all-around competition. Hisrecord of four gymnastic golds at asingle edition of the Games stood untilhis compatriot Vitaly Scherbo won six atthe 1992 Games in Barcelona. At the1980 Games in Moscow, Andrianov tookthe Olympic Oath for athletes beforegoing on to win two more golds, twosilvers and a bronze. He retired shortlyafter those Games. He held the men'srecord for the most Olympic medals with 15 until Michael Phelps surpassedhim at the 2008 Games in Beijing.Married to two-time Olympic gymnasticschampion Lyubov Burda, he wasinducted into the InternationalGymnastics Hall of Fame in 2001.Ollie Matson, whoexcelled at both athleticsand American footballduring his sporting careerdied at his home in LosAngeles aged 80. He had been a high-school track athlete and when he was17, chased Herb McKenley of Jamaica toa world record time of 46 seconds in the440-yard run before he earned a silvermedal in the 4x400m relay and a bronzein the 400m at the 1952 Olympic Gamesin Helsinki. Matson then played Americanfootball for the Chicago Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lionsbefore finishing his career in 1966 withPhiladelphia. Matson was inducted intothe US Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976. NIKOLAI ANDRIANOVRUSSIAN GYMNAST WHO WON 15 OLYMPIC MEDALSPolish weightlifter WaldemarBaszanowski, who won two Olympicgold medals, died in Warsaw, at the ageof 75. He triumphed in the 67.5kgcategory in Tokyo at the 1964 Gamesand in Mexico City four years later. Healso won five World Championships(1961, 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969) in the same category. In 1993,Baszanowski was inducted into theInternational Weightlifting Federation Hallof Fame and six years later he becamethe President of the EuropeanWeightlifting Federation. WALDEMARBASZANOWSKIPOLISH WEIGHTLIFTER WHO WON TWO OLYMPIC GOLDSOLLIE MATSONOLYMPIC MEDALLIST ANDAMERICAN FOOTBALLHALL OF FAME MEMBERNorwegian marathon runner Grete Waitz hasdied at the age of 57.Waitz won the silver medalat the 1984 OlympicGames in Los Angeles as well as the NewYork City Marathon nine times and theLondon Marathon twice. She won her firstNew York Marathon in 1978, setting athen-world record of 2:32.30, which wasthe first time she had attempted to runthe distance. Waitz also won the goldmedal in the marathon at the inauguralIAAF World Championships in Helsinki in1983. Waitz, who worked as a physicaleducation teacher in Oslo in the earlydays of her lengthy running career, alsocompeted in the 1,500m at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games.GRETEWAITZNORWEGIAN MARATHONRUNNER WHO WON SILVER AT THE 1984 GAMESOBITUARIES