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BABASHOFF Shirley (1957) Australia / Swimming
Shirley Babashoff was one of the world's best swimmers during the 1970s, with two gold medals and six silver medals to her name. She won the 4x100 m free-style at both Munich and Montreal. She would ...


BABY CHAMPIONS
Noel Vandernotte was only 12 years old when he climbed on to the podium at the 1936 Berlin games. He won two bronze medals for rowing, which made him the youngest sports person ever to win a medal.Sta...


BACK CRAWL
This stroke is the only one in which the competitors do not start on the starting blocks. Already in the water, the swimmers kick off with their feet, propelling themselves backwards and letting go of...


BADMINTON
Badminton originated in Asia. The game, played with a shuttle cock and a racket, is reminiscent of an Indian ritual game called «poona». British officers invented badminton in the XIXth century in rec...


BAILEY Donovan (1968) Canada / Track and field
Having won the world title for the 100 m in 1995, Bailey made history during the 1996 Atlanta games when he not only won the gold for the 100 m, but set a new world record with 9" 84. He beat Namibian...


BAILLET-LATOUR (de) Henri (1876-1942) - Belgium / IOC
Baillet-Latour took over from de Courbertin at the head of the Olympic movement in 1925, and continued defending the Olympic ideals established by his predecessor, founder of the games. Count Baillet-...


BAIUL Oksana (1977) Ukraine / Figure skating
At the tender age of 16, Oksana Baiul was the youngest figure skater to become Olympic champion, a feat which only Sonja Henje, Olympic champion from 1928 to 1936 had achieved. She won the gold at Lil...


BALAS Yolanda (1936) Roumania / Track and field
This expert in the high jump used to like saying, «I'm 86 cm tall and my legs mesure 1 m». With a physique such as hers, she won the event twice, at Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964.Adopting the scissor...


BALBOSHIN Nicolaï (1949) Russia / Wrestling
From 1973 to 1979, the Russian wrestler was world champion five time over in the 100 kg category in the Greco-Roman event and went on to win the Olympic title in his category during the 1976 games at ...


BALCZO Andras (1938) Hungary / Modern Pentathlon
Already twice a team gold medallist in Rome in 1960 and in Mexico in 1968, this Hungarian pentathlete only just missed out on an individual gold medal in the Mexico games. He was beaten by the Swede F...


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