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Charel Sowa

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCharel•Sowa
Used nameCharel•Sowa
Other namesCharles Sowa
Born17 April 1933 in Schifflange (LUX)
Died7 July 2013 in Schifflange (LUX)
Measurements168 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsFola Esch, Esch-sur-Alzette (LUX)
NOC Luxembourg

Biography

Although he began his athletics career as a distance and cross-country runner, Charel Sowa competed at four Olympic Games in both walk events. During his career he was a four-time selection as Luxembourg’s Athlete of the Year (1964, 1967, 1971-72). He later became a coach, notably coaching his son, Marco, who competed as a walker at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Charel Sowa was also a board member of the Luxembourg Athletics Association, and served as President his club, CA Fola.

Personal Bests: 20kmW – 1-27:32 (1972); 50kmW – 4-12:05 (1969).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics LUX Charel Sowa
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 18
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 21
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics LUX Charel Sowa
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 16
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 9
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics LUX Charel Sowa
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 19
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 16
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics LUX Charel Sowa
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 18
50 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 10

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1968 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony LUX Charel Sowa
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony LUX Charel Sowa

Olympic family relations

Errata

Date of birth also seen incorrectly as 15 April 1933.