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Guy Drut (born 6 December 1950) is an Olympic champion and politician who won gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal in the 110 m hurdles.

Guy Drut
Guy Drut c1973.jpg
Guy Drut c. 1973
Personal information
NationalityFrench
Born (1950-12-06) 6 December 1950 (age 68)
Pas-de-Calais, France
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
Country France
SportAthletics
Event(s)110 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)110 mH – 13.00 (1975)[1]

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BiographyEdit

Sports careerEdit

Born in Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France, Drut captured the silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, finishing behind the American Rod Milburn. In the European Championship of 1974 Drut came a comfortable first. It was at the next Olympics that Guy was to realise his dream, winning the 110 m hurdles in a time of 13.30 ahead of Cuba's Alejandro Casañas and the American Willie Davenport.[1]

Political careerEdit

After retirement Guy became active in business and politics, with one of his roles being Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the conservative government of Alain Juppé from 1995 to 1997.[1] He has been convicted by French courts (a 15-month suspended prison sentence) at the end of 2005 for accepting fictitious employment as political patronage; as a consequence suspended by the IOC.[2] In 2006, president Jacques Chirac amnestied Drut, using a rarely used clause in a 2002 amnesty law authorizing the president to grant amnesty for certain categories of crimes to people who had made great contributions to France in certain fields. The move caused great controversy, including within the majority members of Parliament: president of the National Assembly Jean-Louis Debré commented that it gave an unpleasant impression of "self-washing machine" but said it was a "courageous" move that he would not have made; Nicolas Sarkozy, president of the majority party UMP, disapproved such uses of amnesty. Chirac justified it by France's regaining a seat at IOC.

Drut is serving on the IOC's Evaluation Commission for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[3]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   France
1969 European Championships Athens, Greece 4th 110 m hurdles 14.08
1970 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.8
1971 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 110 m hurdles DNF
Mediterranean Games Izmir, Turkey 1st 110 m hurdles 13.7
1972 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 1st 50 m hurdles 6.51
Olympic Games Munich, West Germany 2nd 110 m hurdles 13.34
1973 European Indoor Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands 6th 60 m hurdles 9.22
1974 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd (h) 60 m hurdles 7.871
European Championships Rome, Italy 1st 110 m hurdles 13.40
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 1st 110 m hurdles 13.30
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 3rd 50 m hurdles 6.54

1 Did not finish in the final

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Guy Drut. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Olympic.org IOC decision on Mr Guy Drut – retrieved 20130113
  3. ^ IOC Announces 2016 Summer Games Evaluation Commission. gamesbids.com (18 September 2008)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Rodney Milburn
Men's 110 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
1974–1976
Succeeded by
  Alejandro Casañas