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High jump champion Iolanda Balas laid in repose for public farewell

The casket of high jump champion Iolanda Balas Soter was laid in repose at the headquarters of the Romanian Athletics Federation for the public to bid her a final farewell until Sunday, March 13, at 15:00 hrs, the federation announced in a release.

On Sunday at 16:00 hrs the body of Iolanda Balas will be taken to the chapel of the Ghencea Military Cemetery; the funeral will take place on Monday at noon.

Balas died on Friday following gastric complications, at the age of 79.

Iolanda Balas was the first Romanian woman to win an Olympic gold medal; she took first at the 1960 Rome Games and the 1964 Tokyo Games, AFP informs.

She set her first world record of 1.75 meters in 1956 and in 1961 she set a world record of 1.91, which stood for 10 years.

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