Sarolta Monspart, a Hungarian orienteering competitor, Athlete of the Nation, has died at the age of 76, after a long, serious illness.
Monspart was the first non-Scandinavian female runner to win the World Orienteering Championships, back in 1972.
She is considered to be the most successful orienteer in Hungary. During her active years, she won 14 national orienteering championships and six cross-country skiing championships. Also, Sarolta was the first European woman to finish the marathon within 3 hours.
“All through her life, she emphasised the importance of sport and promoted exercise, an active lifestyle,” said state secretary for sport Tünde Szabó.
“Thanks to her, hundreds of thousands took up a sport and began to exercise. Her death is a great loss to Hungarian sport and the whole of Hungary.” she added.