Alain Porthault

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Alain Porthault
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Born(1929-07-15)15 July 1929
Vervins, France
Died25 November 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 90)
Event(s)100 meters
4 × 100 metres relay

Alain Porthault (15 July 1929 – 25 November 2019) was a French sprinter and rugby player. He competed in the men’s 4 x 100 meters relay in the 1948 Summer Olympics and in the Men’s 100 meters and the Men’s 4 x 100 meters relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics. [1] In rugby, he played for Racing 92 from 1951 to 1953. He also earned seven caps with the France national rugby union team. [2] He died on 25 November 2019 at the age of 90. [2]

Competition record

Representing Flag of France.svg  France
1952 Olympics Helsinki, Finland 5th, SF 1100 m 11.04/10.8

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