Iolanda Balas
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Job / Known for: Athlete
Left traces: High Jump Records
Date: 1936-12-12
Location: RO Timișoara
Date: 2016-03-11 (aged 80)
Resting place: RO Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest
Death Cause: Natural Causes
Spouse: Ion Söter
Parent(s): Etel Bozó and Frigyes Balázs
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Iolanda Balaș was a Romanian athlete who dominated the women's high jump during the late 1950s and '60s. She was an Olympic champion and former world record holder, setting the bar high with her remarkable achievements. Balaș was born in Timișoara, Romania, and began her athletic career under the guidance of her coach and later husband, Ion Söter. Her legacy includes two Olympic gold medals, 14 world records, and an unbeaten streak that spanned over a decade. Her personal best of 1.91 meters stood unchallenged for ten years, making her one of the greatest high jumpers of the twentieth century.
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