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Adje Paulen

Full name: Adriaan "Adje" Paulen
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: October 12, 1902 in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: May 9, 1985 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Affiliations: AV Haarlem, Haarlem (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Athletics

Biography

The most noted Dutch track runner in the 1920s, Adriaan Paulen was an Olympic finalist in 1920, finishing 7th in the 800 m in Antwerp. Four years later, just after the Paris Olympics, Paulen broken the world record in the irregularly run 500 m at the Bislett Games in Oslo. A six-time national champion (four times 400 m, twice 800 m), Paulen was also active in other sports. A footballer in his teens, he later played cricket. He also competed in the 1926 Dutch TT (motorcycling), and was a regularly competitor in the Rallye Monte Carlo, with an 11th place as best result. Paulen worked as an engineer for the Dutch national mining corporation. Following a strike during World War II, he was briefly detained by the Germans. In 1944, he aided the Allied liberation of the Netherlands, for which he was later decorated. During the war, Paulen's career as a sports administrator also started. President of the Dutch Athletics Federation from 1944 through 1964, he represented Europe in the IAAF board. In 1964, he was made president of the European Athletics Association, and in 1976 he became president of the IAAF. He initiated the introduction of separate World Championships in track and field. These were first held in 1983, two years after Paulen had effectively yielded the presidency to [Primo Nebiolo], who was supported by the powerful Horst Dassler, CEO of Adidas. Paulen, who also was board member and director (1965-1971) of the Dutch NOC, broke his hip following an IAAF meeting in France in 1985, and eventually died of complications during hip surgery.

Personal Bests: 400 – 48.6e (1924); 800 – 1:55.1 (1923).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 800 metres Netherlands NED 7
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's 400 metres Netherlands NED 4 h1 r3/4
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Men's 800 metres Netherlands NED 4 h3 r2/3
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 400 metres Netherlands NED 4 h6 r2/4
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 800 metres Netherlands NED 4 h2 r1/3
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Netherlands NED 4 h2 r1/2

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 4 48.2
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 49.0
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Seventeen 2 QU 52.0
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat Six 4
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Thirteen 2 QU

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T MB
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Athletics Netherlands Final 7 1:56.4
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Athletics Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 1:57.8est 1 m. bh2
1920 Summer 17 Antwerpen Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Three 4 QU 1:58.4est 4 m. bh3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Three 4 1:58.8
1924 Summer 21 Paris Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:59.2
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Two 4

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Athletics Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 4