BRUMEL Valery (1942) Russia / Track and field
Olympic champion in the high jump at the 1964 Tokyo games, and silver medal winner four years earlier, Valery Brumel broke the world record six times in this event. He pushed the bar up to 2.28 m. A year after winning this title, Brumel was involved in a motorbike accident and almost had to have a leg amputated. He underwent six operations and walked on crutches for three years before returning to competition and the high-jump. But he never managed to clear the bar at a height of more than 2.10m.