Friday, July 23, 2010

Małgorzata "Margo" Dydek" 218 cm tall athlete

Tall athletes --Poland Poland
Małgorzata "Margo" Dydek 218 cm 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) – Tallest female basketball player in the world. Małgorzata Dydek (born on 28 April 1974 in Poznań, Poland), known as Margo Dydek in the United States, is a Polish international professional basketball player. Standing at least 7'2" (2.18 m) tall, she is famous for being the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world. She currently plays the center position for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA. The 19th tall athlete.

WNBA career

Dydek made her first trip to the United States in May 1998 for WNBA pre-draft camp. Dydek was drafted 1st overall in the 1998 WNBA Draft by the Utah Starzz (the franchise was subsequently transferred to San Antonio).

On April 16, 2005, during the 2005 WNBA Draft, the San Antonio Silver Stars traded Dydek to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for the Sun's first-round draft pick, Katie Feenstra from Liberty University.
Dydek currently holds the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 blocks in 323 games.
Dydek led the WNBA in blocks 9 times (1998–2003, 2005–07)
Dydek led the WNBA in blocks/game 8 times (1998–2003, 2006–07)
Dydek led the WNBA in Defensive Rebounds (214) in 2001
On August 27, 2008 Dydek signed with the Los Angeles Sparks following time away from basketball due to her pregnancy (she gave birth to a son in April 2008).

European career

Dydek played for Olimpia Poznań from 1992 to 1994, before playing for Valenciennes Ochies in France from 1994 to 1996. She then moved to Spain and played for Pool Getafe from 1996 to 1998, and moved back to Poland to play for Fota Porta Gdynia starting with the 1998-99 season. She continued to play with the club through several sponsorship changes; since then, the club has taken the names Polpharma and Lotos.
In 1999-2001, she averaged 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds for Gdynia in FIBA Euroleague play. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Polish League Finals of the 1999-2000 season. In 1999 she was also named the best female basketball player in Europe by the Italian sports magazine La Gazzetta dello Sport. Dydek was chosen as Poland's Sports Woman of the Year and has long been a member of the Polish National Team. She helped lead Gdynia to runner-up finishes in the FIBA Euroleague in 2002 and 2004.

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