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Roger Bambuck
Medal record
Representing  France
Men’s Athletics
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City 4x100m relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1966 Budapest 200 metres
Gold medal – first place 1966 Budapest 4x100m relay
Silver medal – second place 1966 Budapest 100 metres

Roger Bambuck (born 22 November 1945 in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe) is a French former sprinter and politician.

Athletic career

Bambuck took part in his first Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. At the 1966 European Championships in Budapest, he won the gold medal in the 200 m and in the 4 × 100 m relay, as well as the silver medal in the 100 m.[1]

He competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City in the 100 metres (finalist) and in the 4 x 100 metre relay where he won the bronze medal with his team mates Gérard Fenouil, Jocelyn Delecour and Claude Piquemal. In the 100 and 200m. individual men's final he finished fifth with times of 10.16 and 20.51 seconds respectively.[2] Earlier in 1968 he had equalled Armin Hary's eight-year-old European record of 10.0 seconds.

He retired from sprint after the Mexico games, aged 23.[1]

Political life

In the mid-eighties, he became head of sport for the commune of Épinay-sur-Seine. From 1988 to 1991, he was minister of Youth and Sports under Michel Rocard. He then held senior positions in the civil service.[1]

He is an active freemason.[3][4][5]

Personal life

Bambuck set out to study medicine but dropped out. He then worked a time for the automobile manufacturer Renault, before his athletic career.

Bambuck has been married to former track and field athlete Ghislaine Barnay since 1974.[1]

He had the honour of starting the 24-hour Le Mans race.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Bouchez, Yann (8 April 2016). "On a retrouvé… Roger Bambuck, le seul sprinter français recordman du monde du 100 m". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Sporting accessed 12 December 2007
  3. ^ Ces professions où les frères prospèrent, by Sophie Coignard (Le Point magazine - 2010 January 14th)
  4. ^ Les Franc-maçons et la droite, by Marylène Dagouat and Dominique Saint-Pern (L'express magazine - 1993 may 6th
  5. ^ Roger Bambuck ″La Franc-Maçonnerie nourrit beaucoup de fantasmes″, by Benoît Heimermann (L'Equipe magazine #1614 - 2013 June 22nd)
  6. ^ Le accessed 12 December 2007
Records Preceded by Jan Werner European Record Holder Men's 200m 30 July 1967 - 16 October 1968 Succeeded by Jochen Eigenherr