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Joseph Guillemot

Full name: Joseph Guillemot
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: October 1, 1899 in Le Dorat, Haute-Vienne, France
Died: March 9, 1975 in Oradour-Saint-Genest, Haute-Vienne, France
Affiliations: CASG Paris, Paris (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

During World War I Joseph Guillemot’s lungs were severely damaged by the effects of mustard gas. Despite this, and having a heart on the right-side of his chest (situs inversus), Guillemot, who was also quite small (160 cm, 54 kg), won his regiment’s cross-country championships in 1918. In 1919 Guillemot won the French Military Championship, followed by his first national championship title over 5,000 m in 1920, which qualified him for the Antwerpen Olympics, where the clear favorite in the distance races was [Paavo Nurmi].

In the 5,000 m final, Nurmi attempted to exhaust his main rivals, Swedes [Eric Backman] and [Rudolf Falk], over the early part of the race. After three laps Nurmi took the lead and built more speed, with only Guillemot able to follow him. Guillemot refused to yield and, on the final curve, Guillemot passed Nurmi on the outside and, unaccustomed to sprinting, Nurmi only jogged home four seconds after Guillemot. The 10,000 m final was started three hours early at the request of King Albert I, and Guillemot learned of this only after finishing a very large lunch. Fighting stomach cramps and shoes that were two sizes too big, as his own shoes had been stolen, Guillemot had to settle for silver behind Nurmi.

After the 1920 Olympics, Guillemot won the International Cross-country Championships in 1922 individually and led the French team to a first place in 1922 and 1926. He won the French Nationals in the 5K three times, but missed the 1924 Olympics due to disagreements between him and the French Athletics Union.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 14:55.6 (1920); 10000 – 31:47.2 (1920).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 5,000 metres France FRA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics Men's 10,000 metres France FRA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Individual France FRA AC DNF
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Cross-Country, Team France FRA 5

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France Final 1 14:55.6
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France Round One Heat Four 1 QU 15:33.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France Final 2 31:51est
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France Round One Heat Two 1 QU 32:41.6

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France Final Standings AC DNF

Men's Cross-Country, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP ST
1920 Summer 20 Antwerpen Athletics France FRA Final Standings 5 40 AC DNF
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