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Former Olympic Athlete Margaret Jenkins

January 16, 1996

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) _ Margaret Jenkins, who competed in two Olympics, has died at the age of 92.

Jenkins, who was a teacher for 30 years in Santa Clara, was in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

She held the U.S. record the year before the Amsterdam event with a throw of 129 feet, 1 1/2 inches. There was no javelin at that Olympics that year so Jenkins threw the discus and finished eighth.

``I really never got the hang of it,″ she said of the discus.

There was javelin at the 1932 competition. That event was captured by Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who broke Jenkins’ record. Jenkins finished ninth.

``The javelin was allowed in L.A., but by then, I had lost the touch for it,″ she said in a 1984 interview with the San Jose Mercury News.

She recalled in the interview that there were no women coaches during her youth.

``So you had to find a male coach who would take you,″ she said. Her men coaches were to include Stanford University’s famous Dink Templeton.

Jenkins, who died Jan. 8 and was buried in Santa Clara, leaves a niece, Margaret Swift and a nephew, Clifford Bunds, both of California.

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