KORZENIOWSKI Robert (1969) Poland / Track and Field
Having already become the Olympic champion in the 50km walk at the Atlanta Games, this Pole became the surprise winner of the 20km walk in Sydney, an event with which he is usually ill at ease. He won out on the track, benefiting from the disqualification of Mexican opponent Segura, who crossed the finishing line first, but had briefly lost contact with the ground. It is in the 50km that the Pole is strongest. With victory under his belt, all the pressure was off, and he repeated the feat, winning the long-distance event too. It is a unique double in the annals of Olympic walking.With three Olympic gold medals, this Polish athlete, who lives in France, shows he is easily the best walker of his generation.