ESTONIA’S SALUMAE SELLS OLYMPIC GOLDS FOR £50,000

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LONDON: Estonia sporting heroine Erika Salumae sold her two Olympic gold medals for £50,000 (59,000 euros, $80,000) in London on Monday, auctioneer Graham Budd told Agence France-Presse. Salumae won a gold in track cycling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when representing the USSR and when she repeated her success four years later in Barcelona it meant she’d won Estonia’s first Games gold medal since the Baltic state gained independence from Soviet-bloc control in 1991. The two medals sold for £25,000 each with the total value of the sale of various items from Salumae’s career, including five world championship medals, £80,000. That included £8,000 for her winning bike in Barcelona. Twice a world champion, Salumae, 51 and who now lives in Denia, southern Spain, is recovering from back surgery and Estonian media reported she had organized the sale to help pay for her medical costs.

AFP

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