Originally a sprinter and 400 metre runner, Roger Moens converted to the 800 metres in the early 1950s. He won several major European races in 1954, but failed to make a lasting impression at the European Championships. The following season, he broke the 16-year-old World Record (held by [Rudolf Harbig]) in an exciting fight with [Audun Boysen] in front of the Norwegian's home crowd at Bislett Stadium. Now a favourite for the gold in Melbourne, Moens had to forfeit the Olympics. A few months before the Games, he injured himself while training on a dark tennis court in Athens, and ran into a net pole. He also had to miss the next major international tournament, the 1958 European Championships, because of a dispute with his club which saw him suspended. He was still a gold medal contender in 1960, having lost no races since the Melbourne Games. However, he was upset in the final by an unknown runner from New Zealand, [Peter Snell]. Moens subsequently became a television reporter and presenter, and interviewed his conqueror Snell after his victories at Tokyo. He then made a career in the Belgian judicial police, rising to the top position of commissioner general.
Personal Bests: 400 â 47.3 (1955); 800 â 1:45.7 (1955).