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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wilma Rudolph

  
Wilma Rudolph (www.naabadi.net)        Wilma Rudolph was born in a poor family in Tennessee. At the age of four, she had  pneumonia with scarlet fever which left her paralyzed with polio. She had to wear a brace and the doctor said she would never put her foot on  earth. But her mother encouraged her. She told Wilma that with God-given ability, persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, “I want to be the fastest woman runner in the world.” At the age of nine, against the advice of the doctor, she removed the brace and took the first step. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came way, way last. And then she entered her second, and third, and fourth races, and came way, way, last until a day came when she came in first.

        At the age of 15 she went to Tennessee State University where she met a coach by  name of Ed Temple. She told him, “I want to be the fastest runner in the world.” Temple said, “With your spirit nobody can stop you and besides I’ll help you.”
Wilma Rudolph (www.naabadi.net)

         The day came when she was at the Olympics – and at the Olympics, you are matched with the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten. The first event was the 100-metre race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine and won her first gold medal. The second event was the 200-metre race and Wilma beat Jutta a second time and won her second gold medal. The third event was the 400-meter relay and she was racing against Jutta one more time. In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma’s turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end; she picked up the baton, ran like a machine,   beat Jutta a third time, and won her third gold medal. It became a history: that a paralytic woman became the fastest woman on this earth at the 1960 Olympics.

Answer the following questions:
1. What was Wilma’s dream?
2. What did the doctor advise Wilma?
3. Who won the gold medal in 100 metre race?
4. How was Jutta  Heine  matched with Wilma?
*5. What qualities of Wilma helped her win the Olympic medals?

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