Gaston ROELANTS

Gaston Roelants - Belgium - Olympic & European Steeplechaser Champion.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 05 September 1970

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 05 February 1937
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Opvelp, Belgium
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Belgium
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Gaston ROELANTS - Belgium - Olympic & European Steeplechaser Champion.

Gaston in action at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (London) in 1970.

 

3000m Steeplechase Final.

Jeux Olympiques 1960

1. Zdzislaw KRZYSZKOWIAK   POL   8: 34.2 OR
2. Nikolai SOKOLOV   SOV   8: 36.4
3. Semyon RZHISCHIN   SOV   8: 42.2
4. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   8: 47.6
5. Gunnar TJORNEBO   SWE   8: 58.6
6. Ludwig MULLER   GER   9: 01.6
7. Deacon JONES   USA   9: 18.2
8. Aleksei KONOV   SOV   9: 18.2

 

 

3000m Steeplechase Final.

Championnats d'Europe d'Athlétisme 1962

1. Gaston Roelants   BEL   8.32.6
2. Zoltan VAMOS   ROM   8.37.6
3. Nikolai SOKOLOV   URS   8.40.6
4. Hermann BUHL   GDR   8.47.2
5. Attila SIMON   HUN   8.49.4
6. Vladimir JEVDOKIMOV   URS   8.50.6

 

 

3000m Steeplechase Final.

Jeux Olympiques 1964

1. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   8: 30.8 OR
2. Maurice HERRIOTT   GBR   8: 32.4
3. Ivan BYLYAYEV   SOV   8: 33.8
4. Manuel de OLIVEIRA   POR   8: 36.2
5. George YOUNG   USA   8: 38.2
6. Guy TEXEREAU   FRA   8: 38.6
7. Adolfas ALEKSEUNAS   SOV   8: 39.0
8. Lars-Erik GUSTAFSSON   SWE   8: 41.8

 

 

3000m Steeplechase Final.

Championnats d'Europe d'Athlétisme 1966

1. Viktor KUDINSKI   URS   8.26.6
2. Anatoli KURYAN   URS   8.28.0
3. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   8.28.0
4. Guy TEXEREAU   FRA   8.30.0
5. Manfred LETZERICH   FRG   8.31.0
6. Dieter HARTMANN   GDR   8.31.6

 

 

3000m Steeplechase Final.

{Hommes}. Jeux Olympiques 1968

1. Amos BIWOTT   KEN   8: 51.0
2. Benjamin KOGO   KEN   8: 51.6
3. George YOUNG   USA   8: 51.8
4. Kerry O'BRIEN   AUS   8: 52.0
5. Alexandr MOROZOV   SOV   8: 55.8
6. Mikhail CHELEV   BUL   8: 58.4
7. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   8: 59.4
8. Arne RISA   NOR   9: 09.0
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Marathon

Championnats d'Europe d'Athlétisme 1969

1. Ron HILL   GBR   2.16.47.8
2. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   2.17.22.2
3. Jim ALDER   GBR   2.19.05.8
4. Jurgen BUSCH   GDR   2.19.34.4
5. Ismail AKCAY   YUR   2.22.16.8
6. Denes SIMON   HUN   2.22.58.8

 

 

Marathon

Championnats d'Europe d'Athlétisme 1971

1. Karel LISMONT   BEL   2.13.09.0
2. Trevor WRIGHT   GBR   2.13.59.6
3. Ron HILL   GBR   2.14.34.8
4. Colin KIRKHAM   GBR   2.16.22.0
5. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   2.17.48.8
6. Pentti RUMMAKKO   FIN   2.17.58.8

 

 

Marathon

Championnats d'Europe d'Athlétisme 1974

1. Ian THOMPSON   GBR   2.13.18.8
2. Eckhard LASSE   GDR   2.14.57.4
3. Gaston ROELANTS   BEL   2.16.29.6   PB
4. Bernard PLAIN   GBR   2.18.02.2
5. Jose REVEYN   BEL   2.19.36.4
6. Ferenc SZEKERES   HUN   2.20.12.8

 

Gaston Roelants won four international cross country titles (1962, 1967, 1969 and 1972)

with three second places between 1960 and 1975.

His long career continued into his 40s. Later he won five world titles in the masters category

and held the masters world record in the steeplechase for 27 years.

He broke the 3,000m steeplechase world record twice.

8 minutes 29.6 seconds in 1963 and 8 minutes 26.4 seconds in 1965.