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Ronald Desruelles

Full name: Ronald Desruelles
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: February 14, 1955 in Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: November 1, 2015 in Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Affiliations: Vlierzele Sportief, Vlierzele (BEL)
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Patrick Desruelles.

Biography

Ronald Desruelles was a sprinter and long jumper who also dabbled in the decathlon. He earned four medals in the 60 metres at the European Indoors, winning gold in 1986, silver in 1988, and bronze in 1983 and 1985. Starting out as a long jumper, Desruelles also won a silver medal at the 1978 European Indoors and a bronze medal at the 1985 World Indoors. On 22 September 1984, Desruelles competed in a decathlon in Sart Tilman, Belgium and opened with a 10.0 for the 100 metres, the fastest 100 ever recorded in the decathlon, although it is not recognized as a world best as there was no auto timing.

Desruelles settled in Thailand where he ran three restaurants which were initially quite successful. But in the early 2010s the restaurants started to lose business and Desruelles ran into financial difficulties. In 2015 he took his own life by hanging himself, leaving a note asking the manager of the restaurant to sell the properties to pay his employees.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.9 (1978); LJ – 8.08 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Men's Long Jump Belgium BEL 17 QR
1984 Summer 29 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 100 metres Belgium BEL 1 h8 r1/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1984 Summer 29 Los Angeles Athletics Belgium Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 10.46 7

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Qualifying Round 17 7.60
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Qualifying Round Group B 5 7.60
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Qualifying Round Group B Round One 2 7.60
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 5 7.11 7.60
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Belgium Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP foul
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