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Swedish rally driver Waldegard dies, at age 70

August 30, 2014

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Automobile Sports Federation says Bjorn Waldegard, who won 16 world championship rallies during a career that spanned four decades, has died. He was 70.

Federation chairman Kenneth Thoren says Waldegard, known by his nickname “Walle, “put Swedish Automobile Sports on the world map.”

Thoren said Saturday one of Waldegard’s biggest wins was in Africa in 1992, which ironically led to his retirement the same year after he suffered a broken arm during a crash at the Safari Rally.

Waldegard who won the inaugural World Rally Championship for drivers in 1979, died Friday.

The cause of death was not given but he had been receiving treatment for cancer.

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