Jocelyne Villeton

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Jocelyne Villeton
PodiumRome87.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  France
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place Rome 1987 Marathon

Jocelyne Villeton (born September 17, 1954 in Vals-les-Bains, Ardèche) is a retired long-distance runner from France, who won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 1987 World Championships in Rome, Italy.

Jocelyne Villeton only occasionally practiced athletics in her teens in the 1970s.

Finding himself unemployed in the early 1980s, she decided to devote herself to distance running, driven by her husband. By 1984, she was French champion in the 10,000 meters and 25 kilometers on the road. In subsequent years, she gained new titles and performed strongly in the marathon.

In 1987, when she had to find employment in the municipality of Saint-Étienne, she surprised everyone by winning the very first French medal at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics with a third place in the marathon. Until 1991, she ran at the highest European level.

She now lives in Saint-Genest-Lerpt, and continues to run as a veteran. She is a Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2002 and a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2008.

French Championships[edit]

  • 1984 : 1st, gold medalist(s) French Champion at 10 000 metres
  • 1984 : 1st, gold medalist(s) French Champion at 25 kilometres on road
  • 1985 : 2nd, silver medalist(s) French Championships at 10 000 metres
  • 1986 : 1st, gold medalist(s) French Champion at 10 000 metres, with new French record
  • 1987 : 1st, gold medalist(s) French Champion at 10 000 metres
  • 1988 : 2nd, silver medalist(s) French Championships at 10 000 metres
  • 1991 : 1st, gold medalist(s) French Champion at 25 kilometres on road
  • 1991 : 3rd, bronze medalist(s) French Champion at 10 000 metres
  • 1995 : 5th at French Championships of the semi-marathon

International Performances[edit]

  • 1984 : 25th at World Road Race 10 kilometres Championship
  • 1985 : Selected to World Cross Country Championship
  • 1985 : World Champion at 15 kilometres on road for 1985
  • 1986 : 5th at 1986 European Marathon Championship
  • 1987 : 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1987 World Championships for the marathon
  • 1988 : 10th at World Championshiops for 15 kilometres on road
  • 1988 : 19th at marathon of 1988 Olympic Games
  • 1992 : selected to the World Championships for the semi-marathon
  • 1984-1995 : 25 selections for French international teams

References[edit]

  • Butler, Mark (toim.) (2005), IAAF, ed., IAAF Statistics Handbook: Helsinki 2005, p. 169 
  • Siukonen, Markku; Ahola, Matti (1990), Sporttikustannus Oy, ed., Suuri EM-kirja, p. 160, ISBN 951-8920-11-7 
  • Fédération Française d'Athlétisme, ed. (2003), Docathlé 2003, pp. 78, 88, 120, 149, 178, 434, ISBN 2-9512343-3-3 
  • (French) Personal website
  • (English) sports-reference