Denise Laborie-Guénard

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDenise Rose Raymonde•Laborie-Guénard
Used nameDenise•Laborie-Guénard
Born13 January 1934 in Saint-Maurice-le-Girard, Vendée (FRA)
Died23 May 2017 in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Val-de-Marne (FRA)
Measurements168 cm / 57 kg
AffiliationsUnion Sportive Métro-Transport/Union Sportive Ivry/Individuelle Ile-de-France
NOC France


An all-around athlete, Denise Laborie-Guénard competed at three Olympics from 1952-64. Her major international medal was a silver she won in the pentathlon at the 1962 European Championships. She also competed at the Europeans in the high hurdles in 1954 and the pentathlon in 1966. Laborie-Guénard earned 47 international caps and won 20 French Championships. She was 80 metre hurdles champion in 1954-55, 1960-62, and 1965; high jump champion in 1953 and 1964; long jump champion in 1965-66; discus champion in 1959; and pentathlon champion in 1953-54, 1961, and 1964-68.

After retiring from competition in the later 1960s, Laborie-Guénard became a professor of physical education. She also joined the French International Athletics Group (GIFA), of which she became a leading administrator. Her husband was Jacques Guénard, a top javelin thrower, and their son, Philippe, competed for French youth teams in decathlon.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.7 (1963); 80H – 10.8 (1965); Pen – 4735 (1962).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Denise Laborie
100 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 h11 r1/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) France 4 h3 r1/2
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Denise Guénard
80 metres Hurdles, Women (Olympic) 6 h2 r2/3
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Denise Guénard
80 metres Hurdles, Women (Olympic) DNS
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) France 8
Pentathlon, Women (Olympic) 12

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