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Iolanda BALAS

Romania
TeamRomania
AthleticsAthletics
Olympic Medals
2G
Games Participations3
First Olympic GamesMelbourne 1956
Year of Birth1936

Biography

Iolanda Balas completely dominated women's high jumping between 1957 and 1967.

Breaking world records over and over again

She won an incredible 140 consecutive competitions and broke the world record 14 times. Her 1961 record of 1.91 metres remained unbeaten for ten years. Balas was equally successful at the Olympic Games. In 1960 she jumped 1.85m to win the gold medal by 14 centimetres. She defended her title in 1964, winning by 10 centimetres with a final leap of 1.90m.

Olympic Results

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