|Born||12 December 1936|
|Died||11 March 2016 (aged 79)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||1.91 m (1961)|
Iolanda Balaș (Romanian pronunciation: [joˈlanda ˈbalaʃ], Hungarian: Balázs Jolán, later Balázs-Sőtér Jolán; 12 December 1936 – 11 March 2016) was a Romanian Olympic athlete. She was a champion and former world record holder in the women's high jump. She was the first Romanian woman to win an Olympic gold medal and is considered to have been one of the greatest high jumpers of the twentieth century.
Balaș was diagnosed several years ago with type II diabetes. She died in Bucharest, Romania from complications from a gastric disorder, at the age of 79.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Romanian high jumper Iolanda Balas dies at 79". The New Zealand Herald. 12 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- ↑ "High jump legend Balas dies". IAAF. Retrieved 12 March 2016.