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Jean Bouin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlexandre François Étienne Jean•Bouin
Used nameJean•Bouin
Born21 December 1888 in Marseille (Marseilles), Bouches-du-Rhône (FRA)
Died29 September 1914 in Xivray-et-Marvoisin, Meuse (FRA)
Measurements172 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsUS Phocéenne, Marseille (FRA) / Paris Jean-Bouin, Paris (FRA)
NOC(s) France


Jean Bouin was the first great French distance runner, winning French titles from 1910-13, and setting world distance records for France in 1911 – 3,000 metres and 10K, both in Colombes. Bouin competed at two Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the 1908 3-mile team race, perhaps, and a silver medal in the 1912 5,000 metres. In 1908, Bouin had partied prior to the 3-mile team race and was punished by French authorities who refused to recognize his time as a national record, and there is some confusion as to whether or not they allowed him to receive the bronze medal.

Bouin was International Cross-Country Champion in 1912, just prior to the Stockholm Olympics, after having finished second in 1909. In 1913 he set a world record for the hour run with 19,021 metres (11 miles, 1,454 yards). Bouin served in World War I for France as a soldier with the 163e Régiment d’Infanterie. He was killed in action by enemy fire in the last days of the 1st Battle of the Marne.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics 800 metres, Men Olympic DNS Representing France    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 2 h7 r1/2
  5 mile, Men Olympic DNS
  3 mile, Team, Men Olympic France 3 Bronze
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing France    
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  3,000 metres, Team, Men Olympic France DNS
  Cross-Country, Individual, Men Olympic AC

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 9 July 1912 Athletics 5,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat Five 15:05.0 1

Special Notes


Date of birth also seen as 24 December 1888, but this date correct per his birth card. Date of death usually given as 29 September 1914; Current date taken from his monument in Bouconville.

Research notes

Errata note unclear?

Created: Martin Kellner at June 16, 2019 10:14, Last edited: Martin Kellner at June 16, 2019 10:14