Bia - Bid - Big - Bik - Bil - Bin - Bio - Bir
B. 1939-02-16, Torre (Padova), Italy
Cycling (2 gold)
Twice world sprint champion, in 1961 and 1962.
Olympic Competitor nr 624
competed in 1964 as
B 1940-02-10, Great Britain
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|80 m Hurdles||fourth||-||2400|
|4 x 100 m||final||bronze||800|
She was unlucky at Roma. She missed the bronze medal at the hurdles by 0.1
sec, her team lost the baton in the 4x100 m, in the long jump she jumped
6.33 in qualifying (which would have won silver) but only 6.01 in the final
(good for ninth place) - and there was no pentathlon competition yet. At
Tokyo, she would make amends.
She would later marry William Toomey, Olympic Decathlon champion at Mexico City. They divorced in 1992 and she re-married again.
Olympic Competitor nr 1198
B. 1879-11-14, USA; D;1960-02
Track and Field (1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Standing High Jump||fourth||silver||6300|
|Standing Long Jump||bronze||fourth||4680|
B. 1974-03-09, Belopol'ye, Ukraine
Athletics - Shot Put (1 gold)
The shot put in 2004 was held at the ancient site of Olympia. Bilonog had two throws of 21.15m before his sixth attempt. Adam Nelson had just one valid throw, of 21.16m. In his sixth throw, Bilonog put 21.16m, so he took the gold medal because of his better second throw.
B. 1932-08-07, Mout, Ethiopia; D. 1973-10-25
Track and Field (2 gold)
In Roma, he astonished the world by winning the Marathon on bare feet, becoming
the first black african gold medallist. In Tokyo, no longer bare-footed,
he became the first man to win a second Olympic Marathon. This performance
came only 35 days after having his appendix removed. (the feat would be copied
by Waldemar Cierpinsky)
He competed also at Mexico, but dropped out of the race after 17 km.
In Roma, he made his final push near the oblisk of Axum, an artifact the Italians had plundered from Ethiopia.
In Tokyo, they played the Japanese national anthem is his honour, because the band did not know the Ethiopian one.
A member of Emperor Haile Selassie's bodyguard, he became partially paralised in a motoring accident in 1969 and subsequently took part as an archer in the Paraplegic Games.
He was born on the exact day of the Los Angeles Olympic Marathon.
B. 1882-07-14, USA; D. 1966-08
Cycling (1 silver, 3 bronze)
Olympic Competitor nr 1653
B. 1965-10-06, USA
Swimming (8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
|50 m Free-style||-||gold||silver||10400|
|100 m Free-style||-||gold||fifth||7400|
|200 m Free-style||-||bronze||-||2560|
|100 m Butterfly||-||silver||-||4000|
|4 x 100 m Free-style Relay||gold||gold||gold||9600|
|4 x 200 m Free-style Relay||-||gold||-||1600|
|4 x 100 m Medley Relay||-||gold||gold
World Champion at 100 m free-style in 1986 and '91. His eighth gold medal (his eleventh in total) was given to him by being allowed to swim the final leg in the heats of the 4x100 m Medley in 1992. He did not swim in the final.
Olympic Competitor nr 1415
Waterpolo (3 gold)
Winner of the Waterpolo at Sydney, Athina and Beijing
Olympic Competitor nr 1679
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