Jacky Boxberger

Jacques Boxberger
Personal information
Full name Jacques Boxberger
Nickname(s) Jacky
Nationality France
Born (1949-04-16)April 16, 1949
Châtel-sur-Moselle, Vosges, France
Died August 9, 2001(2001-08-09) (aged 52)
Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Athletics
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1968, 1984

Jacques "Jacky" Boxberger (16 April 1949 – 9 August 2001) was a track and field athlete from France who specialized in long-distance races.

He was the great hope of French middle distance running, breaking the junior world record in the 1500 metres at Stade Charléty in 1968. He represented France at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1984 Summer Olympics, placing sixth in the 1968 1500 metres and 42nd in the 1984 marathon.[1][2] He also won the Paris Marathon in 1983 and 1985, the 1500 metres title at the 1972 European Athletics Indoor Championships, and French titles in the 1500 metres, 5000 metres and 10000 metres.[1][3][4] A knee injury during his military service with the Joinville battalion prevented him from achieving a career as brilliant as that of Michel Jazy.

In 2001, Boxberger was on vacation with his wife and daughter in Kenya. While he was trying to film an elephant on a safari, the animal picked up Boxberger with its trunk, threw him against a tree and trampled him to death.[1][2]

The middle distance runner, Ophélie Claude-Boxberger, is his daughter.


  1. 1 2 3 "Jacky Boxberger Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  2. 1 2 Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 108. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6.
  3. "Paris Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. "European Indoor Championships (Men)". Athletics Weekly. 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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