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Magda Rurac won a golden boomerang in a European tournament as one of her many prizes who did she beat to win this prize?

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March 06, 2008 3:17PM

During the second World War, in 1943, Magda Rurac met and beat in the final of the European Champinship, in Bastad, Sweden, the Danish player Hilde Sperling Krahwinwel (she was actually half Danish and half German), at that time the Europe Champion, by the score 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, becoming the new European Champion. In 1947, Magda Rurac beat Pauline Betz, at the time considered the world Champion, in the final of the Monte Carlo tournament. In the same year she played ping-pong and beat the world champion, the Romanian Angelica Rozeanu. Thus, in the same year she beat two world champions in two different sports! Later on, she beat Althea Gibson, the two time Wibledon champion. Sadly near the end of Magda's life the boomerang was stolen from her.