Great Olympians

Biographies - BAL


Iolanda Balas

B. 1936-12-12, Timisoara, Romania
Track and Field (2 gold)
1956 1960 1964 HP
High Jump fifth gold gold 31050
31050

The first woman jumper to clear 6 feet (1.83 m). Using the outmoded 'scissors' style, she also won two European titles (58 and 62) and bettered the world record 14 times, bringing it to 1.91 m in 1961, a record that would stand for more than ten years. She married her coach Ion Söter.


Balczó András

B. 1939-08-16, Kodoros, Hungary
Modern Pentathlon (3 gold, 2 silver)
1960 1968 1972 HP
Individual fourth silver gold 18750
Team gold gold silver 6300
25050

Probably the greatest all-rounder in the history of modern pentathlon. He first competed in the Roma Olympics, finishing fourth, only 15 pts behind the silver medal position. In spite of being the reigning World Champion, he was not in the Hungarian team at Tokyo, because of a problem with his state's authorities. He was individual World Champion in 1963, 65, 66, 67 and 69.
He has 11 children.


Jan Balej

Olympic Competitor nr 6021


Gordon Balfour

Olympic Competitor nr 4594


Felicia Ballanger

B. 1971-06-12, La Roche sur Yon, France
Cycling (3 gold)
1992 1996 2000 HP
Sprint fourth gold gold 32400
500 m Time Trial gold 9600
42000

She won 6 consecutive world sprint titles (including 2 at the Olympics) between 1995 and 2000.
She was named after Felice Gimondi and so really had to take up cycling.


Ivar Ballangrud

B. 1904-03-07, Lunner, Hadeland, Norway; D. 6/6/1969, Trondheim
Speed Skating (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
1928 1932 1936 HP
5000 m gold fifth gold 20700
10000 m - silver gold 10400
1500 m bronze 11th silver 7515.2
500 m - - gold 6400
45015.2

In his first years, his best distances were the 5000 and 10000 metres. Later he was also an excellent sprinter. He also won the World Championship four times, the European Championship four times and set world records at 1500, 5000 (3 times) and 10000 metres.


Ioannis Ballis

Olympic Competitor nr 2494

He was from Cairo, so I continue to list him as Egyptian


Eugène Balme

Olympic Competitor nr 3237


Balossier

Olympic Competitor nr 1088


Demetrios Balourdos

Olympic Competitor nr 2649


Karin Balzer

born

Karin Richert

B. 1938-06-??, Germany
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1964 1968 1972 HP
80 m Hurdles gold fifth 18675
100 m Hurdles bronze
18675


written 2002-10-27 - last modified 2011-08-13

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