Star of French athletics in the 1960s, half-distance runner Michel Jazy has died at the age of 87, the French Athletics Federation announced on Thursday February 1, confirming information from the newspaper L’Equipe.

Double European champion, Olympic vice-champion over 1,500 meters in 1960, Michel Jazy had been the author of nine world records in the middle distance during his career and his exploits had aroused immense popular enthusiasm in France.