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Michel Théato

Full name: Michel Johann Théato
Other name(s): Michel Theato
Gender: Male
Born: March 22, 1878 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Died: April 2, 1923 in Paris, Paris, France
Affiliations: Club Amical et Sportif de Saint-Mandé
Country: LUX Luxembourg
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


For a long time, [Josy Barthel] was considered Luxembourg's first Olympic Champion, but 52 years before his title, Michel Théato won the Olympic marathon. As he represented a French club, it had always been assumed he was French. However, Luxembourgish sport historians discovered that he was born in Luxembourg. Although he moved to Paris and lived there until his death in 1923, he never filed for French citizenship. Théato is often listed as a baker's delivery boy, who knew his way through the streets of Paris and took a short cut to the Olympic gold. No proof of this exists, and Théato was in fact a carpenter.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-42:44 (1901).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon Luxembourg LUX 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1900 Summer 22 Paris Athletics Luxembourg Final Standings 1 2-59:45.0
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