Bruno Brokken


Bruno Brokken

Bruno Brokken (born 9 May 1953 in Wilrijk) is a former Belgian high jumper. In 1976 he got the bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships with a jump of 2.19 meter. [ [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=162 Vlaamse Atletiek Liga European Indoor Championships results] ]

Biography

Bruno Brokken was the 1975 Belgian Sportsman of the year, ending the six consecutive titles for Eddy Merckx. [ [http://www.belgium.be/eportal/application?languageParameter=nl&pageid=contentPage&docId=7060 Belgium.be list of winners] ]

He tried his hand at other sports like soccer, basketball and especially judo before starting with athletics. He quit as a judoka when he was 15 years old with a brown belt when his father founded Wilrijk Atletiek Club, an athletics club. After trying his hand at the javelin, he switched to the high jump. A year later, he jumped over 2.04 meter using the straddle technique.

Only seventeen years old, he won the Belgian Championships in 1971. He finished as 8th in the final of the 1974 European Championships in Athletics in Rome. [ [http://www.val.be/?mnuid=117 Vlaamse Atletiek Liga European Outdoor championships results page] ] 1975 saw him beak the Belgian indoor record with 2.21 meter and the Belgian outdoor record with 2.24 meter. After winning bronze at the 1976 European Indoors, he was selected for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, but did not compete due to a last minute knee injury. An operation on his knee failed, and his sports career was over when he was only 23 years old.

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