TULU Detartu (1970) Ethiopia / Track and field
After her magnificent victory at the Barcelona games in 1992 in the 10.000 m in front of South Africa's Helena Mayer, memorable for a lap of honour in which the two women intertwined their flags, the Ethiopian was once again Olympic champion over 10 km in Sydney. A training partner or Haile Gebresselassie, she won the same haul of medals as her countryman.She won this second title thanks to remarkable tactics. She ran at a hell of a pace and started her sprint finish at 400 m from the finishing tape, leaving countrywoman Wami and the Portuguese Ribeiro, who was Olympic champion 4 years earlier in Atlanta, trailing in her wake. She smashed the latter's Olympic record by 44 seconds.This was an exceptional feat since she had been suffering from a curious affliction to the kneecap two years earlier and had thought about retiring from running. But now she intends to win the marathon at the games in Athens.