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Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa 
 
NOT ONLY THE GREATEST SPRINTER OF MADAGASCAR BUT THE GREATEST ATHLETE EVER OF HIS ISLAND: TO RUN A 100 METERS OLYMPIC FINAL MEANS, OBIOUSLY, TO BE A WORLD CLASS SPRINTER. 
 
Full name: Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa 
Gender: Male 
Height: 6'1" (185 cm) 
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg) 
Born: March 30, 1943 in Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar 
Died: September 27, 2016, Lyon, France 
Affiliations: Westmont College, USA 
Country: MAD Madagascar  
  
Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa (born 30 April 1943) was a Malagasy athlete who specialized in the 100 metres. 
 
At the 1964 Summer Olympics he was knocked out in the heats in both 100 and 200 metres. 
 
At the 1968 Summer Olympics he was again knocked out in the heats of the 200 m, but reached the 100 metres final and placed eighth. At these Games he also set his career best time of 10.18 seconds in a tail wind of 2.0 m/s. This is the current Malagasy record. 
 
At the 1972 Summer Olympics he reached the semi-final of the 100 metres and was knocked out in the heats with the Madagascar 4 x 100 metres relay team. 
 
His main claim to fame, however, at least in Australia, is his status as the first of only two men to date to have won the Stawell Gift, the country's most prestigious professional race, running off the scratch mark, doing so in 1975. The race is run over 120 metres, but entrants are handicapped according to their competitive form, and most start at a mark a few metres ahead of the start line. Jean-Louis also competed as a sprinter in the U.S. events of the International Track Association in 1972-73. 
 
In 1971 Track and Field ranked him second best spirnter in the World after Valery Borzov. 
 
 
Personal Bests: 100 - 10.18 (1968); 200 - 20.6y (1972)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Ravelomanantsoa (Mexico City 1968 100 m final)
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa (starting Mexico City 1968 100 m final)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa (first on the left) in action during Mexico City 1968 Olympic games 100 m final
 
 
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Ravelomanantsoa, Jerome and Bambuck arriving Mexico City 1968 100 m  final
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A personal gift 
 
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Jean Louis... 
 
....many thanks....   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlie Greene and Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa just after the 100 meters final. Mexico City 1968 Olympics games
 
 
 
 
 Mexico City 1968   
Jean Louis is the third one from right (583) arriving second on heat 4. 
 
In this race Jean Louis set the national record (10.18 s) that after almost 50 year remains still unbeaten 
 
Charlie Greene 275 won 
 
190 is Gaoussou Koné who arrived 6th at Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games 100 m final.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tokyo 1964 Olympic games  
 
Jean Louis is the second one from right arriving 6th on Round One Heat One 100 meters 
The Japanese Ideo Iijima (788) won
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Back home after Mexico City 1968 Olympic games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Back home after Mexico City 1968 Olympic games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis  winning Stawell gift race -  Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis  winning Stawell gift race - Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa Wins, James Batie Takes Second NAIA Meet.  1/23/1971
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa  
The greatest athlete of Madagascar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa  
The greatest athlete of Madagascar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis Ravelomanantsoa and Bill Toomey (gold decathlon at Mexico 1968)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis (662) in full action at Santa Barbara (CA) Easter Relays.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis arrives 6h on semifinals, heat two, Munich Olympic Games 1972. 
First one on the right is Lennox Miller another finalist at Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. He will take bronze in the final.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis 40th years later.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Louis almost 50th years later the legendary race He had the chance to ride: 
 
 
Mexico City 
1968 Olympic games 
 
100 m final