Alain Porthault

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlain René•Porthault
Used nameAlain•Porthault
Nick/petnamesLa Gazelle
Born15 July 1929 in Vervins, Aisne (FRA)
Died25 November 2019 in Paris XVIe, Paris (FRA)
Measurements180 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsRacing CF, Paris (FRA)
NOC France


Alain Porthault represented France at two editions of the Olympic track tournament. In 1948 in London he was a member of the French 4x100 metres relay team, along with Marc Litaudon, Julien Lebas, and René Valmy, that failed to finish in their round one heat. He was the only one of the quartet to compete in this event again in 1952 in Helsinki. This time, with Étienne Bally, Yves Camus, and René Bonino, he survived until the finals and was fifth overall. At this edition of the Games, Porthault also competed in the 100 metres and was eliminated in the semifinals.

A member of Racing CF, Porthault’s greatest moment on the track came in 1949, when he became French national champion in the 100 metres. He also played for the club’s rugby side as a winger and was with the team when they came runner-up in the national championships against Castres Olympique. He earned seven caps with the French national rugby team between 1951 and 1953 and scored three tries.

Personal Best: 100 – 10.7 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Alain Porthault
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) France AC h3 r1/2
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics FRA Alain Porthault
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h1 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) France 5