Guy Drut

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Guy Drut
Sandro Calvesi, Guy Drut ed Eddy Ottoz.jpg
Guy Drut (in center of the picture) training in Brescia, Italy in 1969, with Eddy Ottoz (right).
Personal information
Nationality French
Born (1950-12-06) 6 December 1950 (age 64)
Pas-de-Calais, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
Country  France
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 110 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 110 m hs: 13.00 (1975)

Guy Drut (born 6 December 1950) is an Olympic champion and politician who won gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal in the 110m hurdles.

Biography[edit]

Sports career[edit]

Born in Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France, Drut captured the silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, finishing behind the American Rodney Milburn. In the European Championship of 1974 Drut came a comfortable first. It was at the next Olympics that Guy was to realise his dream, winning the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.30 ahead of Cuba's Alejandro Casañas and the American Willie Davenport.

Political career[edit]

After retirement Guy became active in business and politics, with one of his roles being Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the conservative government of Alain Juppé from 1995 to 1997.

He has been convicted by French courts (a 15 month suspended prison sentence) at the end of 2005 for accepting fictitious employment as political patronage; as a consequence suspended by the IOC.[1] In 2006, president Jacques Chirac amnestied Drut, using a rarely used clause in a 2002 amnesty law authorizing the president to grant amnesty for certain categories of crimes to people who had made great contributions to France in certain fields. The move caused great controversy, including within the majority members of Parliament: president of the National Assembly Jean-Louis Debré commented that it gave an unpleasant impression of "self-washing machine" but said it was a "courageous" move that he would not have made; Nicolas Sarkozy, president of the majority party UMP, disapproved such uses of amnesty. Chirac justified it by France's regaining a seat at IOC.

Drut is serving on the IOC's Evaluation Commission for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2]

Achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympic.org IOC decision on Mr Guy Drut - retrieved 20130113
  2. ^ IOC Announces 2016 Summer Games Evaluation Commission

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Rodney Milburn
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
1974 — 1976
Succeeded by
Cuba Alejandro Casañas