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Josy Barthel

Full name: Josef Henri "Josy" Barthel
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: April 24, 1927 in Mamer, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Died: July 7, 1992 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Affiliations: Spora Luxembourg, Luxembourg (LUX)
Country: LUX Luxembourg
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Josy Barthel's abilities as a middle-distance runner were discovered during World War II. He first came to fameby winning the 800 metres at the 1947 Military World Championships. In 1948 he won both 800 and 1,500 metre events at the Military World Championships. At the 1948 London Olympics Barthel finished ninth in the 1,500 metre final. He then won Student World Championships in 1949 (1,500 m) and 1951 (800 m and 1,500 m). The absolute high point of Barthel's career was the 1952 Summer Olympics, where he surprised the crowd and himself by winning the 1,500 with a strong finish. He participated at the 1956 Olympics, after which he retired. He was Luxembourg champion in the 800 and 1,500 from 1946-56. From 1962-72 Barthel was president of the Luxembourg Athletics Federation and then from 1973-77 was the president of the Luxembourgish Olympic and Sporting Committee. He was also in the Luxembourg government, serving as Minister for Transport, Minister for Energy and Minister for the Environment from 1977-84.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:51.0 (1947); 1500 – 3:44.1 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 800 metres Luxembourg LUX 6 h1 r2/3
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 10
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 10 h1 r1/2

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Semi-Finals Heat One 6 1:54.6 at 4.18
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat Four 3 QU 1:54.8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A)
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Final 10 3:56.9 at 7.14
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat Three 3 QU 3:56.4
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Final 1 OR 3:45.2 3:45.28
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:50.4 3:50.51
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:51.6 3:51.75
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat One 10 3:50,6 3:50.64
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