Jean BOITEUX

France FRA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1933
Olympic Results

Biography

Jean BOITEUX

When Jean Boiteux won the 400m freestyle at Helsinki 1952, he became the first French swimmer in history to claim an Olympic gold medal, and the enduring image of his father Gaston jumping fully dressed into the pool to embrace him has become part of sporting history.

An Olympic family

Born in La Ciotat, near Marseille, Jean Boiteux was the son of Gaston Boiteux, a swimmer who competed at national level, and Bibienne Péllégry, who swam for France at Paris 1924 and Amsterdam 1928, finishing fifth on both occasions in the 4x100m freestyle relay. The family swimming tradition extended to Jean’s uncle, Salvator Péllégry, who also took part in the Paris Games, in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle.

Keen to pass on their love for the sport, Gaston and Bibienne converted a 25m-long water tank into a makeshift pool on the family farm for their four children, who would all go on to swim competitively.

Surge to the top

In 1947, then aged 14, Jean Boiteux joined the Toulouse-based Dauphins du TOEC swimming club, where renowned coach Alban Minville took him under his wing. Two years later, he clinched his first national title in the 3x100m medley.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

#6 h1 r1/2
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

#2 h4 r1/2
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
#6
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
#4 h2 r1/2
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
#1 h4 r1/2
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
B
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming