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Mark Zeigler: Ukraine track team escapes horrors of war at Chula Vista training center

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Viktor Bryzhin and Olga Vladykina won Olympic track gold medals for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. Bryzhin was on the 4×100-meter relay team. Vladykina won the individual 400 meters and got the baton in the anchor leg of the 4×400 at roughly the same time as American legend Florence Griffith-Joyner, then pulled away from her with one of the fastest relay legs ever recorded (47.7 seconds) to help set a new world record. They were from what was then called Voroshilovgrad, a city of 400,000 named for a Soviet military commander. After the wall fell an…

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