Olympic Games Rio 2016

Athlete's portrait: runner Charles Grethen

C-Grethen-portrait-liste-actusCharles Grethen, born on 2 June 1992, is a young Luxembourgish sportsman hailing from Tuntange. At the moment, he studies Finance at the University of Georgia (Unnited States). He is being trained by Camille Schmit and is member of the CSL Luxembourg, like his co-athlete Charline Mathias. The runner is a specialist of the 800m.

Since 2009, he has been representing Luxembourg in many championships. Examples are the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2009, the junior track and field world championships in 2010 – where she reached the semifinals – or the European Athletics Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Charles Grethen is also named 'Luxembourg Athlete of the Year' in 2010.
Most recently, in 2013 and 2015, he participated in the championships of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), receiving an honourable mention.

These Rio Olympics are a first for the young athlete who, represents Luxembourg at the 800m men's competition.


Athletics is one of the oldest Olympic disciplines, since it was already present at the Games in antiquity. Currently, it is the sport where the most medals can be won at the Olympics – 141 medals in total, including 47 gold medals. Understandable, when one considers that athletics is actually made up of many different sports: running, jumping and throwing, and multisports disciplines, such as the decathlon.

  • Updated 12-08-2016