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Michel Rousseau

Full name: Michel Guy Rousseau
Nickname(s): Le taureau de Vaugirard / Le costaud de Vaugirard
Gender: Male
Born: February 5, 1936 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: September 23, 2016 in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Haute-Vienne, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Cyclist Michel Rousseau was World Amateur Sprint Champion in 1956 and 1957. He also won the gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games beating Italian [Guglielmo Pesenti] in the final, although just before the final, he was informed that his parents had been involved in a serious car accident. Earlier in the semifinals Rousseau defeated New Zealander [Warren Johnston] easily in two straight races. After the 1957 season Rousseau turned professional. In 1958 he won the professional world title, and was runner-up in 1959 and 1961 to the redoubtable [Antonio Maspes] from Italy. Rousseau won the 1956 Grand Prix de Paris for amateurs and was French sprint champion for amateurs in 1956 and for professionals in 1959-62 and 1967.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Cycling Men's Sprint France FRA 1 Gold

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Cycling France Final Round Match 1/2 1 2
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Cycling France Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Cycling France Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Cycling France Round One Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 11.6
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