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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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