Sunday, March 26, 2006


Muggers outran Olympic champ

`An Olympic gold medallist could not catch up with a gang of teenage robbers after they made off with her cash-stuffed purse.

Romanian Doina Melinte, who still holds the European record for the 1,500 metres, was attacked at a petrol station just outside Bucharest.

Three teenagers took her purse which had 17,000 pounds in it she was carrying to make a down payment on some land.

Melinte, who won gold in the 800 metres and silver in the 1,500 metres at the 1984 Olympics, gave chase but lost the trio after about half a mile.’

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