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Marcel Vandewattyne

Full name: Marcel Eugène Vandewattyne
Gender: Male
Born: July 7, 1924 in Ellezelles, Hainaut, Belgium
Died: September 18, 2009 in Ronse, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: ASSA Ronse, Ronse (BEL)
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Marcel Vandewattyne was most successful as a cross country runner. Starting after World War II, during which Vandewattyne was a member of the resistance, he competed a record 20 times in the International Cross Country Championships, the forerunner of the IAAF World Championships. He won the silver medal three times, in 1946, 1952 and 1962. But Vandewattyne was also an excellent track runner, competing in two Olympics (1948, 1952) and two European Championships, where he placed 7th in the 10,000 m (1950) and eighth in the 3,000 m steeplechase (1946). He won 11 Belgian titles, six in cross country, three in the 10,000 m and two in the steeplechase. After his running career, he remained active for his club ASSA Ronse, among others serving as the club's vice-president.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 14:18.2 (1958); 10000 – 30:06.4 (1962).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Belgium BEL 9
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Belgium BEL 22

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Belgium Final 9
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Belgium Round One Heat One 4 QU 15:14.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Belgium Final Standings 22 31:15.8