Friday, October 10, 2008

Estonia Kanter FDC

Estonia FDC
Name: Gerd Kanter - Olympic Gold Medallist
Date of Issue: 25 September 2008

After the issue of the first Estonian postage stamp dedicated to an Olympic winner (Erki Nool in decathlon in Sydney, 2000) we had to wait eight long years before the next stamp devoted to an Estonian winner of Olympic summer games could be brought out. In the intervening years the skiers Andrus Veerpalu and Kristina ©migun brought honour and fame to Estonia and earned the issue of one stamp in 2002 and three in 2006. From the discus final taking place in front of the full house of the Beijing Olympic stadium on August 19, 2008 Estonian sports fans expected a medal from the previous year's world champion, Gerd Kanter and Gerd didn't disappoint them, sending his discus one meter farther in the fourth round than his main rivals Piotr Malachowski from Poland and Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania. Before the Games the Lithuanian was regarded as one of Kanter's most serious rivals. By his feat he took his place in the line of such legendary discus-throwers as Al Oerter, Jürgen Schult, Lars Riedel and Virgilijus Alekna.

Comment: This is my best FDC in my real posted collection. I like it very much. This set dedicates to 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold Medalist - Gerd Kanter, do you find Gerd Kanter's autograph on this FDC? and the stamp's designer, Lembit Lõhmus, also signed his name on this FDC.

Estonia 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Gold Medalist Autographed FDC
Estonia 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Silver Medalists Autographed Postal Stationery

2008 Beijing Olympic Games FDCs:
Algeria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Estonia Sheetlet, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hong Kong M/S, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Portugal M/S, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine.

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games FDCs:
Czech Republic, Slovakia.

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