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Roger Moens

Full name: Roger Moens
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: April 26, 1930 in Erembodegem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: RCB/VS
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Originally a sprinter and 400 metre runner, Roger Moens converted to the 800 metres in the early 1950s. He won several major European races in 1954, but failed to make a lasting impression at the European Championships. The following season, he broke the 16-year-old World Record (held by Rudolf Harbig) in an exciting fight with Audun Boysen in front of the Norwegian's home crowd at Bislett Stadium. Now a favourite for the gold in Melbourne, Moens had to forfeit the Olympics. A few months before the Games, he injured himself while training on a dark tennis court in Athens, and ran into a net pole. He also had to miss the next major international tournament, the 1958 European Championships, because of a dispute with his club which saw him suspended. He was still a gold medal contender in 1960, having lost no races since the Melbourne Games. However, he was upset in the final by an unknown runner from New Zealand, Peter Snell. Moens subsequently became a television reporter and presenter, and interviewed his conqueror Snell after his victories at Tokyo. He then made a career in the Belgian judicial police, rising to the top position of commissioner general.

Personal Bests: 400 – 47.3 (1955); 800 – 1:45.7 (1955).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres Belgium BEL 3 h5 r1/4
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Belgium BEL 4 h1 r1/2
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Men's 800 metres Belgium BEL 2 Silver
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Belgium BEL 4 h2 r1/3

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Five 3 48.6 48.71

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Belgium Final 2 1:46.5 1:46.55
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Belgium Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:47.4 1:47.49
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Belgium Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 1:48.5 1:48.69
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:50.6 1:50.73

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Belgium BEL Round One Heat One 4 3:15.8 3:16.05
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Belgium BEL Round One Heat Two 4 3:15.1 3:15.26
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