Roger Quemener

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Roger Quemener
Personal information
Nickname(s)Monsieur Paris-Colmar
Born (1941-06-17) 17 June 1941 (age 77)
Event(s)Racewalking, Ultramarathon
ClubAS Police Paris (1970–1989)

Roger Quemener (France, 17 June 1941) is a former French racewalker, who was a legend of the Ultramarathon race Paris-Colmar winning seven times. He was thus the record of the number of wins, until Polish racewalker Grzegorz Adam Urbanowski brought it to ten wins.


Of Breton descent Quemener joined the Parisian police in 1963, and later became a member of the AS Police Paris sporting association. He only started top-level sport at 28 years old. He contested mainly long-distance races, he was French champion in the 100 kilometers in 1971, 1972 and 1975. In 1979 Quemener won the classic Paris-Strasbourg. Subsequently, he won the same race in 1983, known as Paris-Colmar since 1981, and five times consecutively from 1985 to 1989. He used to stop to get shaved before the arrival at Colmar to cross the finish line with a clean-shaven face.[1] Later Quemener became deputy director of the competition.[2]


Medaille de la Jeunesse et des Sports Or ribbon.svg Golden medal of Youth and Sports - 1986


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