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Josy Barthel

Full name: Josef Henri "Josy" Barthel
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: April 24, 1927 in Mamer, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Died: July 7, 1992 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Affiliations: Spora Luxembourg, Luxembourg (LUX)
Country: LUX Luxembourg
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Josy Barthel’s running talent was discovered during World War II. His first major title came in the 800 m at the 1947 Military World Championships (CISM) in Berlin, followed by winning the 800 and 1,500 at the 1948 CISM. Barthel competed at the 1948 London Olympics in London, finishing ninth in the 1,500 m final, but he later won titles at the World University Games in 1949 (1,500 m) and 1951 (800 m and 1,500 m). The apex of Barthel’s career was the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, where he surprised the crowd and himself by winning the 1,500 m with a strong finish. He also competed at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, after which he retired from competitive running. Barthel was Luxembourg champion in 800 m and 1,500 m from 1946-56. From 1962-72 he was president of the Luxembourg Athletics Federation and then from 1973-77 was president of the Luxembourgish Olympic and Sporting Committee. He was also member of the Luxembourg government, serving as Minister for Transport, Minister for Energy and Minister for the Environment from 1977-84.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:51.0 (1947); 1500 – 3:44.1 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 800 metres Luxembourg LUX 6 h1 r2/3
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 10
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Luxembourg LUX 10 h1 r1/2

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Semi-Finals Heat One 6 1:54.6 at 4.18
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat Four 3 QU 1:54.8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A)
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Final 10 3:56.9 at 7.14
1948 Summer 21 London Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat Three 3 QU 3:56.4
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Final 1 OR 3:45.2 3:45.28
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 3:50.4 3:50.51
1952 Summer 25 Helsinki Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:51.6 3:51.75
1956 Summer 29 Melbourne Athletics Luxembourg Round One Heat One 10 3:50,6 3:50.64
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