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Jean Boiteux

Full name: Jean Auguste Boiteux
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: June 20, 1933 in Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Died: April 11, 2010 in Bordeaux, Gironde, France
Affiliations: Dauphins du TOEC, Toulouse (FRA) / JUS Oran, Oran (ALG) / Girondins de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Son of Bienna Pellegry; Nephew of Salvator Pellegry.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Jean Boiteux was the first Frenchman to win a swimming gold medal at the Olympics, when he won the 1952 400 metre freestyle. He also won bronze in the 4×200 freestyle relay in Helsinki. He was a 15-time French champion, winning the 200 metre freestyle five times (1951-52, 1955-56, 1958), the 400 metre freestyle six times (1950-52, 1953, 1956, 1958), and the 1,500 metre freestyle four times (1950-51, 1956, 1958). In his career he set 15 French records and 10 European records. Boiteux's Olympic gold medal was won in his only individual world record, although in 1951 he helped France set a world record in the 4×200 free relay in Marseille (with Jo Bernardo, Alex Jany, and the non-Olympian Willy Blioch). At the European Championships, Boiteux starred in 1950, winning gold in the 400 and 1,500 metres and the 800 relay. He also won the 400 metre freestyle at the Mediterranean Games in both 1951 and 1955. A famous picture of Boiteux occurred after the Helsinki gold medal when his father jumped in the water to congratulate him. Boiteux swam for the Dauphins du TOEC (Toulouse Olympiques Employé Club). He died tragically when he was pruning some tree limbs and fell to his death.

Personal Bests: 200 free – 2:08.3 (1956); 400 free – 4:29.0 (1956); 800 free – 9:38.2 (1952); 1500 free – 18:25.2 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle France FRA 1 Gold OR
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle France FRA 1 h4 r1/2
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay France FRA 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle France FRA 2 h4 r1/2
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle France FRA 6
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay France FRA 4 h2 r1/2
1960 Summer 27 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay France FRA 6 h1 r1/2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France Final 1 OR 4:30.7
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 4:33.1
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France Round One Heat Four 1 QU 4:45.1
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming France Round One Heat Four 2 4:37.9

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France Round One Heat Four 1 19:12.3
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming France Final 6 18:38.3
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming France Round One Heat Four 2 QU 18:46.6

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France FRA Final 3 8:45.9 2:06.4 8:45.9
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming France FRA Round One Heat One 1 QU 8:55.9 2:07.8 8:55.9
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming France FRA Round One Heat Two 4 8:56.5 2:18.1 8:56.5
1960 Summer 27 Roma Swimming France FRA Round One Heat One 6 8:41.2 2:13.3 8:41.2