Colette Besson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
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 France


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Colette Besson
400 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Colette Besson
400 metres, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r2/4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) France 4

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