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BALAS Iolanda
BALAS Iolanda

Iolanda BALAS

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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.

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Tokyo 1964-BALAS-SOTER Iolanda (ROM) 1st.
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Iolanda Balas

Romanian athlete Iolanda Balas wins the gold medal in the final of the ladies high jump at the Rome Olympics, 9th September 1960. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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