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Josephus ("Jos") Maria Melchior Hermens (born 8 January 1950 in Nijmegen, Gelderland) is a former Dutch long-distance runner. Subsequently, he also became well-known for his later career as a sports manager as the founder and CEO of Global Sports Communication, which manages many Olympian athletes.

Jos Hermens
Jos Hermens 1975.jpg
Hermens in 1975
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Netherlands
IAAF World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Düsseldorf 10,000 metres


Running careerEdit

Hermens is a three-time national champion in the men's 5,000 metres, and collected his first title on 14 July 1973 in The Hague.[1] He was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 1975. He was a 10,000 metres finalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics and set the world record for the hour run the same year.[2]

Hermens twice improved the world hour record, on the Papendal track. In September 1975, with Gerard Tebroke as a pacemaker, he ran 20,907 meters. In May 1976, without a pacemaker, he ran an additional 37 meters. This record held until 1991.

Hermens had withdrawn from the 1972 Olympic Games following the Munich massacre. "It's quite simple," he said. "We were invited to a party, and if someone comes to the party and shoots people, how can you stay?"[3]

Sports management careerEdit

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Hermens worked for Nike, leaving it in 1985 to start his management company, Global Sports Communications. Hermens' company manages in excess of 100 athletes; his current and former clients include Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Gabriela Szabo, Nils Schumann[2], and Hezekiél Sepeng.[4]


  1. ^ "ARRS website".
  2. ^ a b Gains, Paul (2005). "Jos Hermens: The Athlete's Agent". Running Times Magazine.
  3. ^ Butcher, Pat (August 12, 2002), "ATHLETICS: In Munich, Israelis honor '72 victims", The New York Times, retrieved October 11, 2012
  4. ^ Focus on Athletes - Hezekiel Sepeng. IAAF (2004-09-14), retrieved 2011-11-21.

Preceded by
Johan Cruijff
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Piet Kleine

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