Christina Baas-Kaiser’s Olympic adventure was a classic tale of triumph over adversity. Not once but twice she had been rejected for the Dutch Olympic team. Back in 1963, she had been told that she was too old, despite being just 24 and having recorded the best times of the season. Her omission later earned her a formal apology from the Dutch national team.
She quite simply obliterated Holum's time and crossed the line in 4 minutes 52.14 seconds, winning gold by more than six seconds. It was the largest winning margin in history. Finally. Baas-Kaiser was an Olympic champion and was able to bow out on a high.
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