ASLOUM Brahim (1979) France / Boxing
This small French boxer got his name in the news by winning the 48kg (light flyweight) category at the Sydney 2000 Games. It's been 64 years since his country last won a gold medal in this event. He quickly became a national hero, especially since he dyed his hair in the colours of the French flag for the final.It was there that Asloum beat the reigning Olympic champion, Spaniard Lozano-Munoz, after overcoming the American world champion in the semi-final.Having started as a football- and handball-player before discovering the sport through educational boxing (which consists of touching without being touched), Asloum has helped bring the work of his coach, Dominique Nato, into the spotlight. The day before, fellow countryman Jerome Thomas got himself on the third place on the podium in the 51kg category.