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WILLIAMS Vénus (1980) United States / Tennis
Victorious in the prestigious tournaments at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadow just before the Millenium games, American tennis player Venus Williams hardly wanted to go to the Sydney games. However, American national coach Billie Jean King managed to convince her to take part, a decision that she did not regret. Gold medallist in the women's singles having beaten the unremarkable Russian Dementieva, she won another gold in the women's doubles teamed with her younger sister Serena against the Dutch pair Boogert-Oremans.This athlete with an impressive physique had however had a rough start to the year 2000 due to a wrist injury that almost put her out of contention for the season, in which case she would have not become world number one.
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