Jacky Boxberger

Jacky Boxberger (actually: Jacques Boxberger; born April 16, 1949 in Châtel- sur -Moselle, Haute Vosges, Lorraine; † August 9, 2001 in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya) was a French middle and long distance runners.


Jacky Boxberger, who was called by his friends "box" was 1.83 m tall and weighed 70 kg. He grew up in a working class family and left already with 12 years of school to work in a textile factory. Discovered by a coach Gaston Prétot, he joined the Association of the village Plainfaing for FC Sochaux.

On July 4, 1968, he presented in Paris with 3:40,8 min at a junior world record in the 1500 meter race. Three months later he was over the same distance in sixth at the Olympic Games in Mexico. After his return he was sports soldier in the battalion de Joinville, suffered there, but a serious motorcycle accident which necessitated a knee surgery and its sequelae repeatedly compromised his career.

In 1971, he was fifth in the 1500 m European Athletics Championships in Helsinki and the following year he won the 1500m gold at the Indoor Athletics Championships and reached at the Olympic Games in Munich, the semi-finals.

He then moved to longer distances. In 1976, he was ninth at the World Cross Country Championships and won the team bronze. At the Olympic Games in Montreal, he retired from about 5000 m in the flow; later in the season, however, he set national records over 3000 m and 5000 m.

In the early 1980s he moved to the road race. In 1981 he was third in the Paris Marathon, which he won in 2:12:38 hours in 1983. In 1984, he was just there with the Second French record of 2:11:59 h, but came in the marathon of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles is on the 42nd. In 1985, he won again in Paris and improved his national record to 2:10:49 h He also won in 1983 and 1985 the Lyon Marathon and 1987 the premiere of the Marrakech Marathon.

French Championship title he won over 5000 m (1977 and 1982 ), over 10,000 m ( 1977), in the 25 - km road race (1985 ), in cross country (1976 and 1983 ) and in the hall about 1500 m (1972 and 1973).


Boxberger died on a photo safari, when he had removed from his tour group to shoot an elephant bulls. This attacked him and stomped him in front of his wife and daughter to death.

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