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Jos Hermens


Jos Hermens

Jos Hermens

Hermens in 1975
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Netherlands
IAAF World Cup
Bronze 1977 Düsseldorf 10,000 metres

Josephus ("Jos") Maria Melchior Hermens (born January 8, 1950 in Nijmegen, Gelderland) is a former Dutch long-distance runner, also known for his later career as a sports manager.

Hermens is a three-time national champion in the men's 5,000 metres, and collected his first title on July 14, 1973 in The Hague.[1] He was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 1975. He was a 10,000 metres finalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics and set the world record for the hour run the same year.[2]

Hermens twice improved the world hour record, on the Papendal track. In September 1975, with Gerard Tebroke as a pacemaker, he ran 20,907 meters. In May 1976, without a pacemaker, he ran an additional 37 meters. This record held until 1991.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Hermens worked for Nike, leaving it in 1985 to start his management company, Global Sports Communications. Hermens' company manages in excess of 100 athletes; his current and former clients include Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Gabriela Szabo, Nils Schumann[2] and Hezekiél Sepeng.[3]

Hermens withdrew from the 1972 Olympic Games following the Munich massacre. "It's quite simple," he said. "We were invited to a party, and if someone comes to the party and shoots people, how can you stay?"[4]


  1. ^ "ARRS website". 
  2. ^ a b Gains, Paul (2005). "Jos Hermens: The Athlete's Agent". Running Times Magazine. 
  3. ^ Focus on Athletes - Hezekiel Sepeng. IAAF (2004-09-14), retrieved 2011-11-21.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (August 12, 2002), "ATHLETICS: In Munich, Israelis honor '72 victims",  

Preceded by
Johan Cruijff
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Piet Kleine

External links

  • Jos Hermens profile at IAAF
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