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Alain Mimoun
Birth: Jan. 1, 1921
Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria
Death: Jun. 27, 2013
Saint-Mande
Departement du Val-de-Marne
Île-de-France, France

Olympic Gold Medalist. A long-distance runner once called "Zatopek's shadow", he took top honors for France in the Marathon at the 1956 Melbourne Olympiad. Born Ali Mimoun Ould Kacha, he was raised in northern French Algeria, served in the French Army during World War II, was wounded at the Battle of Monte Cassino, and began competitive running in 1946. Mimoun captured a Silver Medal at the 1948 London Olympics in the 10,000 metres then at Helsinki in 1952 did the same at both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre distances, in each case finishing behind the legendary Czech Emil Zatopek. He earned two Gold Medals each at the 1951 and 1955 Mediterranean Games, took Silver as runner-up to Zatopek at the European Games, then prepared to compete in the 26.2 mile Marathon in 1956 by running about 20 miles per day. In Melbourne, he ran away from the field at around the halfway point and crossed the finish line in 2:25:00 with no one else even having reached the stadium, waiting there to hug and salute the 6th place Zatopek. The winner of 32 national championships in various events, he captured his last Marathon victory at age 51 with a time of 2:34:36, and remained a force to be reckoned-with until well into his 70s. Honoured for both his wartime service and for his athletic achievements, he was named Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1956 then over the years received three upgrades, the final in 2008 to Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration. Mimoun was selected to carry the Olympic Torch thru Paris in 2004, continued running into his 90s, and was buried in a tomb he had constructed at the time of his conversion to Catholicism in the 1950s. At his demise a stadium in Bugeat, multiple schools, and about a dozen city streets throughout France carried his name. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Cimetiere de Bugeat
Correze
Departement de la Corrèze
Limousin, France
Plot: Family Chapel
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jun 30, 2013
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