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Alexander Belov

Alexander Alexandrovich Belov was a Soviet basketball player who won the gold medal with the senior Soviet Union national basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, scoring the game-winning basket in the gold medal game. Belov died from a rare disease – cardiac sarcoma, in 1978, at the age of 26, he was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. Born in Leningrad, Belov was the star player of Spartak Leningrad, leading the club to the Soviet Union League title in 1975, to three European-wide 2nd-tier level FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup finals, in 1971, 1973, 1975, winning the last two. In 2016, the club was renamed in his honor. In the tenth round of the 1975 NBA draft, the New Orleans Jazz selected Belov with the 161st pick of the draft, it would not be until 1989, that the first Soviet player, Lithuanian born Šarūnas Marčiulionis, would play in the NBA. Belov won four gold medals with the senior Soviet Union national team; the highlight of his basketball career came when he hit the game-winning shot in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games gold medal game.

Biography FIBA Hall of Fame page on Belov

Gmina PleĊ›na

Gmina Pleśna is a rural gmina in Tarnów County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. Its seat is the village of Pleśna, which lies 12 kilometres south of Tarnów and 74 km east of the regional capital Kraków; the gmina covers an area of 83.65 square kilometres, as of 2006 its total population is 11,518. Gmina Pleśna contains the villages and settlements of Dąbrówka Szczepanowska, Lichwin, Łowczówek, Pleśna, Rychwałd, Rzuchowa, Świebodzin, Szczepanowice and Woźniczna. Gmina Pleśna is bordered by the gminas of Tarnów, Tuchów, Wojnicz and Zakliczyn. Polish official population figures 2006