Albin Lermusiaux

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Albin Lermusiaux
Albin Lermusiaux 1921.jpg
Albin Lermusiaux in 1921
Personal information
Born 9 August 1874
Noisy-le-Sec, France
Died 1940 (aged c. 66)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m – marathon, shooting
Club Racing Club de France, Paris
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 4:07.0 (1895)
5000 m – 15:47.8 (1895)
10000 m – 35:45.5 (1895)

Albin Lermusiaux (9 August 1874 – 1940) was a French athlete and shooter who competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1]

In total Lermusiaux competed in four different events at the 1896 Summer Olympics,[1] he won his preliminary heat of the 800 metres with a time of 2:16.6,[2] he withdrew from the final which was to take place three days later but decided to save himself for the marathon which was taking place a day after the 800 metres final.[3] In the 1500 metres event, which was conducted in a single race, Lermusiaux led from the start, but in the final straight was passed by Edwin Flack and Arthur Blake, and finished third.[4]

On the 10th April, Lermusiaux along with another 16 runners competed in the marathon, up to the 20 km mark the Frenchman was leading the race, but with the poor roads, heat and uphill grade runners started to drop out, Lermusiaux staggered to a stop and received an alcohol rub by an attendant,[5] when he tried to resume he knew he wouldn't finish so withdrew at the 32 km mark.[6]

Lermusiaux also competed in the military rifle shooting event, Lermusiaux's place and score are unknown, but it is known he was not among the top 13 in the 42-man competitions.[7]

Domestically Lermusiaux was affiliated with Racing Club de France and won the French championships in cross country (1895) and 1500 m (1896) and set national records, which were at the time also European records[8] over 1500 m (in 1895 at 4:18.4 and in 1896 at 4:10.4), 1 mile (in 1895 at 4:37.4), and 3000 m (in 1895 at 9:22.4).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Albin Lermusiaux, Bio". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 800 metres Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 1,500 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Switzer, Kathrine; Robinson, Roger (2006). 26.2 marathon stories. London: Rodale. p. 42. ISBN 1405099763. 
  6. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Shooting at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "European Records". thegreatdistancerunners.de. Retrieved 11 March 2017.