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Sammy Monsels

Full name: Samuel "Sammy" Monsels
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: August 2, 1953 in Paramaribo, Paramaribo, Suriname
Affiliations: Gazelle, Paramaribo / Amsterdamsche Atletiek Club (NED)
Country: SUR Suriname
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Eddy Monsels.

Biography

As his native country Suriname was not yet indepedent, when Sammy Monsels grew up, he was able to win national titles in Suriname as well as the Netherlands. He studied in the Netherlands between 1971 and 1975, making his Olympic debut at the 1972 Games. Following his country's independence, he returned to Suriname and became involved in the country's military government, acting as chief of sport matters. He quit active sports for a while, but returned in the early 1980s, winning his second 100 m Dutch title in 1983, eight years after his first. Monsels is suspected to have been involved in the "December Murders", when 15 opponents of Desi Bouterse's military rule were executed, officially for an attempted escape from Fort Zeelandia. Monsels was listed as a suspect, but no charges were filed. He claims to have been at the Fort, but not involved in the killings. In the late 1980s, Monsels returned to live in the Netherlands, and has founded two sports clubs in Bijlmermeer, an Amsterdam suburb dominated by immigrants.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.32 (1982); 200 – 20.7 (1981).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Men's 100 metres Suriname SUR 7 h5 r2/4
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Men's 200 metres Suriname SUR AC h4 r2/4
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Men's 100 metres Suriname SUR 6 h2 r2/4
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Men's 200 metres Suriname SUR 5 h3 r2/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Suriname Quarter-Finals Heat Five 7 10.64 7
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Suriname Round One Heat Six 3 QU 10.61 4
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Suriname Quarter-Finals Heat Two 6 10.61 4
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Suriname Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 10.58 4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank L T(A)
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Suriname Quarter-Finals Heat Four AC DNF 7
1972 Summer 19 München Athletics Suriname Round One Heat Four 5 QC 5 21.26w
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Suriname Quarter-Finals Heat Three 5 3 21.29
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Athletics Suriname Round One Heat Five 4 QU 4 21.60
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