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WALASIEWIECZOWNA Stanislawa (1911 - 1980) Poland / United States / Track and Field
This sprinter was twice world record holder of the 100 m in the early 1930s. The Polish sprinting school had earned a high reputation at the time, and Walasiewieczowna won the 100 m at the Los Angeles...


WALDNER Jan Ove (1965) Sweden / Table tennis
Waldner, who became Olympic table tennis champion in Barcelona in 1992, remained number one in this sport for years. In the final he beat the French player Jean Philippe Gatien who had contested his w...


WALDO Carolyn (1964) Canada / Synchronised Swimming
This Canadian swimmer was queen of the Seoul games in 1988 in the synchronised swimming events.She won both the individual event and the duo in partnership with her compatriot Michelle Cameron.These v...


WALKER Reginald (1889 - 1952) South Africa / Track and Field
This South Africa won the 100 m in London in 1908 to the surprise of the American runners, who were the hot favourites.This success was not followed up. ...


WALKING
Walking differs from running in one basic detail: in walking, the athlete always has one foot on the ground at once.An Olympic discipline since 1932, walking races cover distances of 20 and 50 km. The...


WANG Junxia (1973) China / Track and field
This girl was the best marathon runner of the year 1993, when she won the world cup as well as the world championship for the 10,000 m. Wang was also world record holder for this distance when she wen...


WASMEIER Markus (1963) Germany / Alpine skiing
In 1991 the German ski authorities asked Wasmeier to retire from sport. "The old man" had no such intention. He wanted pull off one more victory before giving way to the younger generation.He managed ...


WASSBERG Thomas (1956) Sweden / Nordic skiing
Wassberg was the first cross-country skier to earn more than 1000 points in the world cup events, which shows what consistent class he had.He won the 15 km event at Lake Placid in 1980 before going on...


WATANABE Osama (1940) Japan / Wrestling
This Japanese wrestler only won a single Olympic title. That was at home in 1964 in the featherweight category.Yet Watanabe was an exceptionally fine champion who remained unbeaten for many years and ...


WATER POLO
Water polo was invented in the middle of the nineteenth century, apparently to amuse swimmers in training.The name water polo derives from the fact that in the earliest form of the game the players we...


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