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Soldier in the First World War, Athletics - Running (track, road)

FrenchBorn Alexandre François Étienne Jean BOUIN

French athlete

Born on December 21, 1888 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône , France

Died on September 29, 1914 in Xivray-et-Marvoisin, Meuse , France

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He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

In the 1500 metres, Bouin placed second of three in his initial semifinal heat and did not advance to the final. His time was 4:17.0.


His struggle against Finland's Hannes Kolehmainen in the 5,000-metre final of the 1912 Olympics has long been regarded as one of the most memorable moments of international track races. Bouin lost that race to Kolehmainen by just 0.1 seconds; their times were 14 minutes 36.7 seconds and 14:36.6, respectively (see, for example, Matti Hannus, The Flying Finns, chapter 1, "Hannes Kolehmainen", originally published as "Lentävät suomalaiset" in Helsinki, Finland, in 1988; Wolfgang Wünsche, The Heroes of Race Tracks/Kilpakenttien sankarit, chapter entitled "The Long-Distance Races"/Pitkät matkat, translated into Finnish and published in Helsinki, Finland, in 1984).

Bouin was killed in action during World War I near Xivray, Meuse, 10 miles east of Saint-Mihiel.

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