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Colette BESSON

French Colette BESSON

French athlete, the surprise winner of the 400 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City

Source :  Bruno MECHAIN

Born: on April 07, 1946 in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, France
Died: on August 09, 2005 in Angoulins, France


Prior to the 1968 Olympics, Besson, a virtual unknown working as a physical education teacher, qualified for the 400 m event. In the final, Britain's Lillian Board - the favourite for the gold - was way ahead of the rest of the field with just 100 m to go. With an amazing last sprint, Besson then moved up from fifth place to beat Board on the finish line by a tenth of a second.

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