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Chris Berger

Full name: Christiaan David "Chris" Berger
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: April 27, 1911 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: September 12, 1965 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: AV Haarlem, Haarlem (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Originally a football player, Chris Berger switched to sprinting after winning the Dutch 100 m title for footballers. Berger quickly developed into the fastest Dutch athlete, and after defeating the German stars Jonath and Körnig, he had set his sights on an Olympic medal in Los Angeles. The long trip to California ruined Berger's form, and he didn't even make it to the semi-finals. Berger's best season came in 1934. In Torino, he won the inaugural European title in both the 100 and 200 m. His 100 m title was initially awarded to German runner Borchmeyer, but when the finish photo was developed the next day, the gold was awarded to Berger. In the 1934 European Championships 4×100 metres relay he won the bronze medal (with Tinus Osendarp, Tjeerd Boersma, and the non-Olympian Robert Jansen). Later that year, Berger equalled the World Record in Amsterdam at 10.3, which remained a European record until 1951 and a Dutch record until 1965. Winning the sprint double at the Dutch championships 1931-1934, Berger was then eclipsed by Tinus Osendarp. After ending his track career, he worked as supervisor of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. His daughter Elles later became a well-known presenter on Dutch television.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1934); 200 – 21.1 (1930).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 100 metres Netherlands NED 4 h1 r2/4
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 200 metres Netherlands NED 5 h1 r2/4
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Men's 100 metres Netherlands NED 5 h4 r2/4
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Netherlands NED AC

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat One 4 10.7
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 11.1
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat Four 5 11,02
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Two 1 QU 10.8

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat One 5 22.0
1932 Summer 21 Los Angeles Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Five 2 QU 26.1

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Netherlands NED Final AC DQ [41.2] [41.28] 3
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Athletics Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 1 QU 41.3