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Gaston Roelants

Full name: Gaston Roelants
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: February 5, 1937 in Opvelp, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium
Affiliations: DC Leuven
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Gaston Roelants made his international début at the 1960 Olympics, where he was fourth in the steeplechase. At the 1962 European Championships Roelants won the 3,000 steeplechase and repeated that victory at the 1964 Olympics. Between winning his two titles he ran his first 3,000 steeplechase world record at Leuven in 1963, clocking 8:29.6 and, in 1965, ran his second steeplechase world record, again at Leuven, in 8:26.4. At the 1966 European Championships Roelants finished the steeplechase in a disappointing third place, which led him to concentrate on longer distances. At the end of 1966 he set world records for 20 km (58:06.2) and the 1-hour race (20,664 m), which he improved to 57:44.4 and 20,784 metres in 1972. He also won marathon silver at the 1969 European Championships and bronze at the 1974 European Championships, placing fifth in 1971. Roelants also won four gold medals at the International Cross-Country Championships (1962, 1967, 1969, 1972), continuing to race into his 40s.

Personal Bests: Mar – 2-16:30 (1974); 3000S – 8:26.4 (1965).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Belgium BEL 4
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Belgium BEL 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Marathon Belgium BEL 11
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Belgium BEL 7
1972 Summer 35 München Athletics Men's Marathon Belgium BEL AC DNF

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Athletics Belgium Final Standings 11 2-29:04.8
1972 Summer 35 München Athletics Belgium Final Standings AC DNF

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Belgium Final 4 8:47.6 8:47.85
1960 Summer 23 Roma Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Three 3 QU 8:49.4 8:49.52
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Belgium Final 1 OR 8:30.8
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Three 2 QU 8:33.8
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Athletics Belgium Final 7 8:59.4 8:59.50
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Three 3 QU 9:08.2 9:08.29
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