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Colette Besson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameColette Henriette•Besson (-Noguès)
Used nameColette•Besson
Born7 April 1946 in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Charente-Maritime (FRA)
Died9 August 2005 in Angoulins, Charente-Maritime (FRA)
Measurements169 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsBordeaux EC, Bordeaux (FRA)
NOC(s) France

Biography

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
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

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Athletics 400 metres, Women Final 52.0 1

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