|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Colette Henriette•Besson (-Noguès)|
|Born||7 April 1946 in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Charente-Maritime (FRA)|
|Died||9 August 2005 in Angoulins, Charente-Maritime (FRA)|
|Measurements||169 cm / 58 kg|
|Affiliations||Bordeaux EC, Bordeaux (FRA)|
Colette Besson had a brief but solid career as a one-lap runner for France. She was not favored to win the 400 at the 1968 Olympics, but overtook the favorite, Lillian Board, in the final run-in, moving up from fifth place at the top of the straight. Besson later ran on two French 4x400 relay teams that twice broke the world record in 1969. At the European Championships she was silver medalist in the 400 in 1969 and finished 7th in the event in 1971. She later became a physical education teacher.
Personal Bests: 200 – 23.4 (1969); 400 – 51.79 (1969); 800 – 2:03.3 (1971).
|1968 Summer Olympics||Athletics||400 metres, Women||Olympic||1||Gold||Representing France|
|1972 Summer Olympics||Athletics||400 metres, Women||Olympic||5 h2 r2/4||Representing France|
|4 × 400 metres Relay, Women||Olympic||France||4|
|1968 Summer Olympics||16 October 1968||Athletics||400 metres, Women||Final||52.0||1|