Willy Polleunis
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Willy Polleunis in 1973
Personal information
Born (1947-12-27) 27 December 1947 (age 74)
Hasselt, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
SportLong-distance running
Medal record

Willy Polleunis (born 27 December 1947) is a retired long-distance runner from Belgium who won the silver medal in the 3000 metres at the 1973 European Indoor Championships, behind his clubmate Emiel Puttemans.[1] He competed in the 5000 and 10000 metres events at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics with the best achievement of sixth place in the 5000 metres in 1976.[2] At the start of the final lap, he was in tenth place, but he accelerated, and possibly ran the final lap even faster than the winner, Lasse Viren.[3]


  1. ^ World European Indoor Championships. gbrathletics.com
  2. ^ Willy Polleunis. Sports Reference
  3. ^ Antero Raevuori (ed.) "The Gilded Spikes"; Matti Hannus, "The Montreal Olympic Book" / Montrealin Olympiakirja, published in Finland in 1976