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Fons Brijdenbach

Full name: Alfons "Fons" Brijdenbach
Other name(s): Fons Brydenbach
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: October 12, 1954 in Vorselaar, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: May 8, 2009 in Wechelderzande, Antwerpen, Belgium
Affiliations: Beerschot VAC, Antwerpen (BEL)
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Fons Brijdenbach was the one of Europe's top quarter-milers in the 1970s. His international breakthrough came in 1974, when he first bettered the indoor World Record to 45.9, before winning the European indoor title in San Sebastián. Brijdenbach would regain the title in 1977. He also excelled outdoors, reaching the Olympic final in both 1976 and 1980. In Montréal, he narrowly missed the bronze medal, finishing 0.05 seconds outside the podium while running from the unfavourable lane 8. Brijdenbach's most cherished win came in 1977, when he won his event at the first Ivo Van Damme Memorial, held in honour of his friend who was killed in an accident the previous year. Forced to quit track and field due to an Achilles' tendon injury, Brijdenbach pursued a successful career with a pharmaceutical company. His Belgian outdoor record stood until 2003, and he was still holder of the indoor record when he passed away of bladder cancer in 2009.

Personal Best: 400 – 45.04 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Men's 400 metres Belgium BEL 4
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Men's 400 metres Belgium BEL 5
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Belgium BEL AC h2 r1/2

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Final 4 45.04 8
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 45.28 3
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 46.56 3
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Four 1 QU 46.73 8
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Belgium Final 5 45.10 1
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Belgium Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 45.46 5
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Belgium Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 45.88 6
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Four 2 QU 47.72 3

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Belgium BEL Round One Heat Two AC DNF