How they used to train: How delivering coal helped Yvonne Reynders become a multiple world champion

On National Fitness Day (Wednesday September 25), we take a look back at how Yvonne Reynders went from discus throwing to top cyclist thanks to an intense training regime

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In 1956 Yvonne Reynders won her second consecutive Belgian junior discus title. The possibility of her going to the 1960 Rome Olympics was strong, but Reynders didn’t want to throw, she wanted to fly.

She loved speed, and she only took up the discus when coaches convinced she wasn’t fast enough to emulate her running hero, Fanny Blankers-Koen the Dutch winner of four sprint gold medals in the 1948 London Olympics.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events,, and the Cycling Legends Podcast