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Wim Slijkhuis

Full name: Willem Frederik "Wim" Slijkhuis
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: January 13, 1923 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: June 28, 2003 in Badhoevedorp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: AAC, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

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Biography

One of the top middle distance runners in the years after World War II, Wim Slijkhuis won two Olympic bronze medals at the 1948 Olympics. In the 1,500 metres, he quickly closed on the leading Swedish pair of Henry Eriksson and Lennart Strand, but narrowly failed to overtake Strand. In the 5,000, he was part of the lead group, from which both Gaston Reiff and Emil Zátopek escaped. In 1946, Slijkhuis had also earned a silver medal at the European Championships (5,000 m), while in 1950 he would win the 1,500 m in a sprint duel with Patrick El Mabrouk. During his career, Slijkhuis collected 18 Dutch titles (1500 m\: 1949, 1951, 1953; 5,000 m\: 1942-44, 1946, 1948-51; cross country (short); 1946, 1948; cross country (long)\: 1943, 1946-49) and a US indoor title (mile\: 1949) as well as a British AAA title (3 miles\: 1948). He retired in 1954 due to an Achilles’ tendon injury.

Personal Bests\: 1500 – 3:43.8 (1949); 5000 – 14:14.0 (1946).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED AC h3 r1/3

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Netherlands Final 3 3:50.4 at 0.48
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:52.4 3:52.8
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Three AC DNF

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Netherlands Final 3 14:26.8
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Netherlands Round One Heat Three 1 QU 15:06.8 15:06.8
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