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rudolf dies at 54

NASHVILLE, Tennessee () -- Wilma Rudolph, who as a child walked with the aid of a leg brace but ran to three Olympic gold medals, has died of brain cancer. She was 54.

Rudolph , who died Saturday, overcame childhood battles with pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio to become the first U.S. female track and field athlete to win three gold medals in the same Olympics, finishing first in the 100 meters and 200 meters and running the anchor leg for the victorious 400-meter relay team in 1960 at Rome.