Henk Visser (long jumper)

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Henk Visser
Henk Visser in 1960
Personal information
Born (1932-03-23)23 March 1932
Willemstad, Curaçao
Died 13 November 2015(2015-11-13) (aged 83)
Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Sport Long jump
Club AAC, Amsterdam

Henk Visser (23 March 1932 – 13 November 2015) was a long jumper from the Netherlands. He competed at the 1952 and 1960 Summer Olympics and finished seventh in 1960.[1]


On 17 September 1956, during the international competitions in Bucharest, he jumped 7.98 m, setting a national and European record. This was the longest jump in 1956 and one of the best jumps ever in Europe by that time. However, Visser could not take part at the 1956 Olympic Games due to their boycott by the Netherlands.

Besides the long jump, he also competed in the high jump and sprint, with the best achievements of 10.5 s in 100 m, 20.3 s in 200 m and 1.82 m in high jump.


In the early 1959 Visser, who then worked as a clerk in a shipping company, left for the United States, where he obtained a study scholarship. He started at the San José College, but then moved to the Bakersfield College.[2][3] At athletic competitions in Texas, he jumped 8.05 m, but overstepped the plank, and the jump was discounted. Nevetherless, he had registered 7.97 m in April 1960 in Santa Barbara, California,[4] and was considered a candidate for a medal at the 1960 Olympics. However, he finished in seventh place with a humble result of 7.66 m.[1]

He retired soon after the Games and later ran a sportswear and footwear export business from his home in Santa Barbara.[5] In the 1990s he returned to the Netherlands.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Henk Visser. sports-reference.com
  2. Dick Bank (1959). "Lieverkoekjes worden hier niet gebakken!" De Athletiekwereld nr. 21: KNAU
  3. Ad Paulen (1959) "Bij het vertrek van Henk Visser" De Athletiekwereld nr. 5: KNAU
  4. "Uit Op uw plaatsen..", De Athletiekwereld nr. 9: KNAU (1960).
  5. "Henk Visser wil iets terug doen", De Atletiekwereld nr. 6: KNAU (1968).