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Former Olympic judo champion Wim Ruska passes away

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Wim Ruska

The Hague, Feb 16 (IANS)

Dutch judo legend Wim Ruska died at the age of 74, Dutch media reported. Ruska captured two gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, in the heavyweight class (+93kg) and the open category, reported Xinhua.

His success was overshadowed by the deadly attack on the Israeli delegation that took place a few days before. Amsterdam-born Ruska also became world champion +93kg in 1967 and 1971, and captured a total of seven European titles.

In 2013 he was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the International Judo Federation.

In 2001, Ruska suffered a stroke, which made him psychically disabled and impeded his talking.

He died in a nursing home in Hoorn on Saturday.