Kea - Kee - Keh - Kei - Kel - Kem - Ken - Ker - Key
B. 1903-03-03, Honolulu, Haw., USA; D. 1972-09-08
Swimming (2 gold)
|100 m Backstroke||gold||gold||19200|
One of several famous swimmers from Hawaii. Kealoha broke the world backstroke record six times, bringing it down from 1.15.6 to 1.11.4, a remarkable improvement.
Olympic Competitor nr 494
Olympic Competitor nr 238
Olympic Competitor nr 1163
B. 1940-01-17, Kipsano, Kenya
Track and Field (2 gold, 2 silver)
|3000 m Steeple-Chase||-||-||gold||9600|
Black Africa's first Olympic track champion showed remarkable as a runner
for ten years from 1962. At Tokyo, he ran both the 1500 and 5000 metres.
The following season he made his breakthrough with world records at 3000
and 5000 metres. By 1968, it was obvious that his ability, and the fact that
he was used to the altitude of Mexico City, would bring him medals. He amazed
everybody by running the 10000 metres, the 5000 (in which he finished second)
and the 1500 (which he won). At München, he had lost a little of his
speed, and he finished second in the 1500 m. He still had the canniness and
he won the steeplechase, an event he had never taken seriously before, by
deliberately slowing the early pace in order not to be dropped by better
On the day he won the 1500 meters in Mexico, his wife was back home in Kenya, giving birth to his third daughter, Milka Olympia Chelagat.
Olympic Competitor nr 1620
B. 1972-11-28, Greece
Athletics (2 silver)
B. 1931-06-09, Budapest, Hungary
Gymnastics (5 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
|Team with Hand Apparatus||bronze||gold||2240|
|Asymetrical Parallel Bars||bronze||gold||2240|
She would have been able to compete in 1940, but war prevented this, and
1944. Then she qualified for London 1948 but injured herself just before
the Games. Still she competed in two Olympics.
Only a weakness on the vault prevented her from winning more honours. In particular, a lapse on the vault made her lose the Overall title at Melbourne to Larissa Latynina.
She was one of several Hungarians who chose not to return to Hungary after the 1956 Games and during the 1960's was the coach of the Israeli team.
Ice Hockey (3 gold, 1 silver)
Member of the Canadian Ice Hockey team that won gold in Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver, with silver in Nagano.
Olympic Competitor nr 1246
Speed Skating (2 gold)
Olympic Competitor nr 191
B. 1889-10-04, USA; D. 1960-06-26
Rowing (3 golds)
The father of Grace, later Princess of Monaco, and John Kelly, Jun., bronze
winner in the skiff in 1956.
The only man to have won two rowing titles on the same day, 1920-08-29 at Antwerp, the single and double sculls (together with Paul Costello).
Also in 1920, Kelly was the centre of controversy at Henley regatta, when he was refused to participate. Officially he was excluded because he was a member of the Vesper boat club of Philadelphia, who had previously (in 1905) infringed on amateur status. But it was also said that he was not considered an amateur because in the opinion of the Henley organizers, no manual labourer (he was a bricklayer) could be considered an amateur. His son did win at Henley in 1947 and 1949.
B. 1972-01-07, Ararat, Australia
Cycling - track (1 silver, 2 bronze)
B. 1982-05-25, Kenya
Athletics (1 gold)
|3000 m Steeple||gold||7th||10200|
Olympic Competitor nr 1280
B. 1967-08-30, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Sailing (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
She did even better than her brother Bruce.
Sailing (1 gold, 1 bronze)
B. 1948-02-13, Japan
Gymnastics (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
Member of the Japanese gymnastics team from '68 to '76, who won gold each
(*) Kenmotsu would have qualified for the final of the individual in 1976 in 5th place, but he was not allowed to compete in the final because three other Japanese were ahead of him.
B. 1900-04-28, Praid, now in Romania, competed for Hungary; D. 1978-08-09
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold, 1 silver)
|Lightweight (-67.5 kg)||silver||gold||15600|
Olympic Competitor nr 820
Written 2002-07-24 - last modified 2011-08-12
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