Jean Bouin

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Jean Bouin
Bouchard et Bouin - 1911cr.jpg
Jean Bouin in 1911
Personal information
Born 21 December 1888
Marseilles, France
Died 29 September 1914 (aged 25)
Xivray-et-Marvoisin, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800-10,000 m
Club US Phocéenne, Marseille;
Paris Jean-Bouin, Paris
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 2:00.4 (1914)
1500 m – 4:14.4 (1911)
5000 m – 14:36.7 (1912)
10,000 m – 30:58.8 (1911)[1]

Alexandre François Étienne Jean Bouin (21 December 1888 – 29 September 1914) was a French middle-distance runner. He competed in the 1500–5000 m events at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics and won a silver medal in the 5000 m in 1912, behind Hannes Kolehmainen.[2] His race against Kolehmainen has long been regarded as one of the most memorable moments in running. Kolehmainen and Bouin quickly pulled away from the others, with Bouin leading and Kolehmainen repeatedly trying to pass him. Kolehmainen succeeded only 20 metres from the finish, winning by 0.1 seconds. Both contenders broke the world record.[3]

Bouin set three more world records: two in 1911, in the 3,000 m and 10,000 metres, and one in 1913, in the one-hour run (19,021 metres). The next year, he was killed in action during World War I.[2][4] After that the Stade Jean-Bouin in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, home of the Stade Français rugby union club, was named after him. The French government made a stamp with his picture on it and many games have been held in his honor. A 10 km race under the name of Jean Bouin has taken place every year through the streets of Barcelona since 1920.

Jean Bouin finishing behind Hannes Kolehmainen at the 1912 Olympics


  1. ^ Jean Bouin.
  2. ^ a b Jean Bouin.
  3. ^ Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 5,000 metres.
  4. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Media related to Jean Bouin at Wikimedia Commons
  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Athletics 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 30 July 2006. 
  • Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 30 July 2006. 
Preceded by
John Svanberg
Men's 3,000 m World Record Holder
11 June 1911 – 24 September 1911
Succeeded by
Hannes Kolehmainen
Preceded by
Alfred Shrubb
Men's 10,000 m World Record Holder
16 November 1911 – 22 June 1921
Succeeded by
Paavo Nurmi