GUILLEMOT Joseph (1899 - 1975), France / Track and field
Joseph Guillemot was a French athlete who won the 5000 m in Antwerp in 1920. It was an exploit, all the more so since he beat the great Finn champion of the moment, Paavo Nurmi. Two days later, in the 10.000 metres, he probably would have done the same if someone hadn't stolen his shoes the day before. The shoes he was lent were too big and had to be strapped on with sticking plaster to keep them on. He was in front at the last stretch when he developed stomach cramp and had to let Nurmi pass him. Joseph Guillemot had exceptional physical qualities and was a rare cardiovascular case: his heart was on the right.