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Fons Brijdenbach

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAlfons "Fons"•Brijdenbach
Used nameFons•Brijdenbach
Other namesFons Brydenbach
Born12 October 1954 in Vorselaar (BEL)
Died8 May 2009 in Wechelderzande (BEL)
Measurements185 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsBeerschot VAC, Antwerpen (BEL)
NOC(s) Belgium

Biography

Fons Brijdenbach was the one of Europe’s top quarter-milers in the 1970s. His international breakthrough came in 1974, when he first bettered the indoor World Record to 45.9, before winning the European indoor title in San Sebastián. Brijdenbach would regain the title in 1977. He also excelled outdoors, reaching the Olympic final in both 1976 and 1980. In Montréal, he narrowly missed the bronze medal, finishing 0.05 seconds outside the podium while running from the unfavourable lane 8. Brijdenbach’s most cherished win came in 1977, when he won his event at the first Ivo Van Damme Memorial, held in honour of his friend who was killed in an accident the previous year. Forced to quit track and field due to an Achilles’ tendon injury, Brijdenbach pursued a successful career with a pharmaceutical company. His Belgian outdoor record stood until 2003, and he was still holder of the indoor record when he passed away of bladder cancer in 2009.

Personal Best: 400 – 45.04 (1976).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres, Men Olympic 4 BEL Fons Brijdenbach
1980 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres, Men Olympic 5 BEL Fons Brijdenbach
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Olympic Belgium AC h2 r1/2

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