THUGWANE Joseph (1971) South Africa / Track and field
This South African runner won the marathon at the Atlanta games in 1996, becoming the second South African gold medallist after the swimmer Heyns who won hers a few days earlier.Thugwane almost did not make it to those games. A few months earlier a group of armed terrorists kidnapped him, intending to demand a ransom. He managed to jump from the kidnappers' moving car and escape. The incident certainly added extra glamour to his victory in Atlanta.