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LEWDEN Pierre (1901- 1989) France / Track and field
For financial journalist Pierre Lewden, athletics was little more than a hobby. But Lewden was a phenomenon who could have become an Olympic champion if not for his size.On the small side, he nonetheless managed to jump almost thirty centimetres more than his own height at the 1924 Olympic finals in Paris. Lewden jumped 1.95 m at came third in the competition. He held the French record for twenty years. Four years later in Amsterdam he involuntarily became the spokesman for the French squad. The story unfolded on the day of the opening ceremony. The French bus was turned back on its arrival at the Olympic stadium by an over-zealous security official who thought he had been snubbed by members of the delegation the night before. The French therefore refused to take part in the march-past of athletes. After the Dutch organisers apologised, Pierre Lewden was asked to promise on behalf of the squad that they would take part in the Games.
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