Charles Dewachtere is confirmed dead at the age of 92.
Charles was best known as a Belgian Olympic marathon runner (1952).
Charles Dewachtere
Personal information
Born(1927-12-22)22 December 1927
Ghent, Belgium[1]
Died22 July 2020(2020-07-22) (aged 92)
SportLong-distance running
Charles Dewachtere (22 December 1927 – 22 July 2020) was a Belgian long-distance runner. He competed in the marathon at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Dewachtere became twice Belgian champion. In 1952, the Belgian championship was held over the marathon distance as qualification race for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Helped by the high pace of Jean Leblond, Dewachtere won the Belgian championship in a very fast time. Only two Englishmen ran a faster marathon at that time. Dewachtere was therefore one of the main favorites for the Games. However, due to an heel bone injury, he finished 18th. Winner Emil Zátopek was only four seconds faster as Dewachter's time of his time at the Belgian championships.
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