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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
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