Iolanda Balaș

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Iolanda Balaș
Iolanda Balaș 1967.jpg
Balaș in 1967
Personal information
Born (1936-12-12)12 December 1936
Timișoara, Romania
Died 11 March 2016(2016-03-11) (aged 79)
Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump
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.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Romanian high jumper Iolanda Balas dies at 79". The New Zealand Herald. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. "High jump legend Balas dies". IAAF. Retrieved 12 March 2016.