First Ukrainian Olympic champion dies in Italy

The Ukrainian also received the world title in 1954.


The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine announced the death of Olympic champion Nina Bocharova. The athlete is reported to have died in Italy at the age of 95. The tragedy took place on Monday, August 31st.

Nina Bocharova was the first Olympic champion. The gymnast received her first medal in 1949. She became the absolute champion of the USSR. In 1952, at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Bocharova won a gold medal. The Ukrainian also received the world title in 1954.

Nina Bocharova was born in the Poltava region. The gymnast graduated from the Kyiv Institute of Physical Culture. The athlete came up with her own trick on the uneven bars, which no one performed – the transverse split. In 1979, the gymnast retired and began to engage in coaching. During the years of independence, Bocharova moved to Italy, where she died.

Earlier it was reported that the mother of Manchester City head coach Josep Guardiola Dolors Sala Carrio died from complications of the coronavirus.


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