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Colette Besson

Full name: Colette Besson (-Noguès)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 7, 1946 in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Charente-Maritime, France
Died: August 9, 2005 in Angoulins, Charente-Maritime, France
Affiliations: Bordeaux EC, Bordeaux (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 400 metres France FRA 1 Gold
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Women's 400 metres France FRA 5 h2 r2/4
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay France FRA 4

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics France Final 1 =OR 52.0 52.03 5
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics France Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 53.6 53.62
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics France Round One Heat One 1 QU 53.1 53.11
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics France Quarter-Finals Heat Two 5 53.39 3
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics France Round One Heat Five 3 QU 53.41 5

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics France FRA Final 4 3:27.52 52,1
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics France FRA Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:30.02
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