Female Olympic Champions: Sportswomen who made history
  
Tia Hellebaut
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Tia Hellebaut


Born: 16th February, 1968.

High-jumper Tia Hellebaut won a gold medal for Belgium in the 2008 Olympic Games in Peking. With this success, she became the first Belgian woman to win the gold in any Olympic athletics event.

Tia also competed in the heptathlon, a grueling competition that consists of seven steps, including a javelin throw, high jump and 100-meter sprint.

But after several injuries, she decided to focus solely on the high jump. 

She's also a mother of two, having taken time out twice in order to have her children.

Photo : Tia Hellebaut
©Sipa

 




Women in Focus Editor
07/24/2012
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