Monthly Archives: October 2015

KISHORE KUMAR

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KISHORE KUMAR         KISHORE KUMAR

Lndia : Popular Plauback Singer

Kishore Kumar 4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987 was an Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter.  He is considered one of the most successful playback singers of the Hindi film industry. Apart from Hindi, he sang in many Indian languages including Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Odia, and Urdu. He has also sung in private albums in several languages especially in Bengali which are noted as all time classics. He won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Awards in that category. He was awarded the “Lata Mangeshkar Award” by the Madhya Pradesh government and from that year onwards, the Madhya Pradesh Government initiated a new award called the “Kishore Kumar Award” for contributions to Hindi cinema.

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IGOR F. STRAVINSKY

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IGOR F. STRAVINSKY       IGOR F. STRAVINSKY

Russia : Top Musician of Europe

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky  17 June 1882 – 6 April 1971 was a Russian and later, a naturalized French and American composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

Stravinsky’s compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: The Firebird  Petrushka  and The Rite of Spring . The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His “Russian phase” was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms concerto grosso, fugue and symphony drawing on earlier styles, especially from the 18th century. In the  Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells and clarity of form, and of instrumentation.

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Sergey Bubka

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Sergey Bubka        Sergey Bubka

Russia : Great Pole—Vaulter

Serhiy Nazarovych Bubka  born 4 December 1963 is a former Ukrainian pole vaulter. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in  was twice named Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News and in  was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.

Bubka has been involved with the International Association of Athletics Federations since 2001 and has served as a Vice President since 2007. During this time, he remained on the Athletes’ Commission  and is also a Council Member for  the Association for Summer Olympic International Federations. Bubka commented I have been working at the for a long time and my work is not limited to one area. The good of athletics is something deep in my heart.

Sergey Bubka first got involved with the International Olympic Committee  in 1996 when he was elected as a Member of the Athletes Commission, providing input into the governance of sport from the perspective of an active athlete. Almost 20 years later he is still involved as an Honorary Member. He became an  Member in  has been involved in a wide range of Commissions, including Chairman of the Evaluation and then the Coordination Commissions for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

As President of the National Olympic Committee in Ukraine since  he has transformed the organisation into one of the most progressive in the world. It has staff based in all of the nation  regions with each taking responsibility for delivering an array of programmes designed to bring young people into sport, realise the potential of the most talented athletes and promote the Olympic Movement and its values.

Bubka won six consecutive  World Championships, an Olympic gold medal and broke the world record for men’s pole vault  outdoor and 18 indoor records. He was the first pole vaulter to clear 6.0 metres and 6.10 metres.

He held the indoor world record of 6.15 meters, set on 21 February 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine for almost 21 years until France’s Renaud Lavillenie cleared metres on 15 February 2014 at the same meet in the same arena. He is the current outdoor world recorld holder at  meters. A record he holds since 31 July 1994 though since adopting rule the regards LaVillenie’s record as the official world record.

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Richard Hadlee

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Richard Hadlee       Richard Hadlee

New Zealand : Great Fast Bowler

Sir Richard John Hadlee MBE born 3 July 1951 is a former New Zealand cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history.

Hadlee was appointed MBE in 1980 and knighted in 1990 for services to cricket. He is a former chairman of the New Zealand board of selectors. In December 2002, he was chosen by Wisden as the second greatest Test bowler of all time. In March 2009, Hadlee was commemorated as one of the Twelve Local Heroes, and a bronze bust of him was unveiled outside the Christchurch Arts Centre.

On 3 April 2009, Sir Richard Hadlee was inducted into the  Cricket Hall of Fame. Sir Richard is the most prominent member of the Hadlee cricket playing family.

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Nadia Comaneci

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Nadia Comaneci        Nadia Comaneci

Romania : Great Gymnast of Lnternational Order

Nadia Elena Comăneci born November 12, 1961 is a former Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She also won two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world. In 2000 Comăneci was named as one of the Athletes of the Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.

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Ivan Lendl

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Ivan Lendl          Ivan Lendl

Czechoslovakia : Renowned Tennis Player

Ivan Lendl  born March 7, 1960 is a former world no.1 professional tennis player. Originally from Czechoslovakia, he became a United States citizen in 1992. He was one of the game’s most dominant players in the 1980s and remained a top competitor into the early 1990s. He has been described as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Lendl’s game relied particularly on strength and heavy topspin from the baseline and helped usher in the modern era of power tennis.

Lendl captured eight Grand Slam singles titles. He competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals, a record surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009 and Rafael Nadal in 2014. He reached at least one Grand Slam final for 11 consecutive years, a record shared with Pete Sampras, with the male primacy of eight consecutive finals in a Grand Slam tournament a record shared with Bill Tilden at the US Open. Before the formation of the Lendl reached a record 12 year-end championships equalled by John McEnroe. He won two  Finals titles and five Masters Grand Prix titles, with the record of nine consecutive finals. He also won a record 22 Grand Prix Super Series titles the precursors to the current ATP Masters.

Lendl first attained the world no. 1 ranking on February 28, 1983 and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top-ranked player, until August 1990 with a break from September 1988 to January 1989 when Mats Wilander was at the top. He finished four years ranked as the world’s top player and was ranked no. 1 for a total of  weeks and set a new record previously held by Jimmy Connors, since broken by Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.  he became Andy Murray’s coach. He is one of three male players with Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer to win more than 1000 tennis singles matches . Lendl has won  singles titles, second only in the Open Era to Connors . Lendl has been runner-up in  finals, a record.

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Fanny Blankers—Koen

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Fanny Blankers—Koen        Fanny Blankers—Koen

Holland : Heroine of London Olympics

Francina Fanny Elsje Blankers-Koen 26 April 1918 – 25 January 2004 was a Dutch athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She accomplished this as a 30-year-old mother of two, during a time when many disregarded women’s athletics. Her background and performances earned her the nickname the Flying Housewife . She was the most successful athlete at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Having started competing in athletics in 1935, she took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year later. Although international competition was hampered by World War II, Blankers-Koen set several world records during that period, in events as diverse as the long jump, the high jump, and sprint and hurdling events.

Apart from her four Olympic titles, she won five European titles and Dutch championships, and set or tied 12 world records – the last, pentathlon, in 1951 aged 33. She retired from athletics in 1955, after which she became captain of the Dutch female track and field team.  she was voted  Female Athlete of the Century by the International Association of Athletics Federations . Her Olympic victories are credited with helping to eliminate the belief that age and motherhood were a barrier to success in women  sport.

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Karistin Otto

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Karistin Otto        Karistin Otto

Germany : Great Woman Swimmer

Kristin Otto born 7 February 1966 is a German Olympic swimming champion. She is most famous for being the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Olympic Games, doing so at the 1988 Seoul Olympic games. Otto was also the first woman to swim the short course 100 meter backstroke in under a minute doing so at an international short course meet at Indiana University in 1983.

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