Belgium at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Belgium at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  BEL
NOC Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
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At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm
Competitors
Medals
Rank: 13
Gold
2
Silver
1
Bronze
3
Total
6
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The team of Belgium at the opening ceremony.

Belgium competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Bronze medal.svg Bronze[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Five swimmers competed for Belgium at the 1912 Games. It was the third time the nation had competed in swimming, a sport in which Belgium had competed each time the country appeared at the Olympics.

None of the Belgian swimmers advanced to the finals in their individual events; two reached the semifinals.

(Ranks given are within the swimmer's heat.)

Men
Swimmer Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Félicien Courbet 200 m breaststroke N/A 3:12.6 1 Q 3:11.6 5 Did not advance
400 m breaststroke N/A 6:52.6 2 Q 6:59.8 4 Did not advance
Oscar Grégoire 100 m backstroke N/A Disqualified Did not advance
Herman Meyboom 100 m freestyle 1:15.4 3 Did not advance
Jules Wuyts 100 m freestyle 1:13.6 4 Did not advance
Women
Swimmer Events Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Claire Guttenstein 100 m freestyle  ? 5 Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Belgium made its third Olympic water polo appearance in 1912, having competed both times the country had sent athletes to the Olympics previously. After taking the silver medals in 1908 and 1900, the Belgians were only able to win a bronze at these Games.

Belgium had the misfortune of meeting eventual gold medalists Great Britain in the quarterfinals, though this misfortune was mitigated by the use of the Bergvall System in the tournament (giving Belgium an opportunity to take silver even after this defeat). The Belgian squad gave the British side the greatest challenge the latter faced all tournament, taking the match into extra time before falling. In the repechage rounds, the Belgians defeated both of the other quarterfinal losers in turn. They then beat the losing finalist Austrians to set up a match against Sweden for the silver and bronze medals. This was the fifth match of the tournament for Belgium (the most of any team—the Belgians were the only side to play every other team in 1912), and the Swedes proved too much and defeated Belgium 4–2.

Team Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Repechage semifinal Repechage final Silver round 1 Silver round 2 Silver match Rank
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Belgium Water polo  Great Britain (GBR)
L 5–7 a.e.t.
Did not advance  Hungary (HUN)
W 6–5
 France (FRA)
W 4–1
Bye  Austria (AUT)
W 5–4
 Sweden (SWE)
L 2–4
3
Quarterfinals
July 7, 1912 Belgium  5–7 a.e.t.  Great Britain Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Grégoire (2), Meyboom (2), Nijs Goals Hill (2), Wilkinson (2), Radmilovic (2), Bentham
Repechage semifinal
July 10, 1912 Belgium  6–5  Hungary Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
? Goals Fazekas (3), Rémi, ?
Repechage final
July 11, 1912 Belgium  4–1  France Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
? Goals ?
Silver round 2
July 15, 1912 Belgium  5–4  Austria Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
? Goals Scheff, ?
Silver medal match
July 16, 1912 Belgium  2–4  Sweden Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
? Goals Bergqvist (2), V. Andersson, R. Andersson

Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics[edit]

2 athletes competed for Belgium in 1912. It was the country's second appearance in athletics.

Ranks given are within that athlete's heat.

Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Léon Aelter 100 m  ? 2  ? 5 Did not advance
200 m  ? 3 Did not advance
François Delloye 1500 m N/A  ? 6-7 Did not advance

Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling[edit]

A single cyclist represented Belgium. It was the third appearance of the nation in cycling, in which Belgium had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. Jean Patou, who had also competed in 1908, was the only Belgian cyclist and did not finish the time trial.

Road cycling[edit]

Cyclist Events Final
Result Rank
Jean Patou Ind. time trial Did not finish

Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian[edit]

Dressage
Rider Horse Event Final
Penalties Rank
Emmanuel de Blommaert Clonmore Individual 135 21
Gaston de Trannoy Capricieux Individual 117 17
Eventing

(The maximum score in each of the five events was 10.00 points. Ranks given are for the cumulative score after each event. Team score is the sum of the top three individual scores.)

Rider Horse Event Long distance Cross country Steeplechase Show jumping Dressage Total
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
Paul Convert La Sioute Individual 10.00 1 9.85 14 10.00 10 8.33 14 Did not start Did not finish
Emmanuel de Blommaert Clonmore Individual 10.00 1 Disqualified Retired Did not finish
Gaston de Trannoy Capricieux Individual 10.00 1 9.69 17 10.00 12 Disqualified Retired Did not finish
Guy Reyntiens Beau Soleil Individual 10.00 1 Disqualified Retired Did not finish
Paul Convert
Emmanuel de Blommaert
Gaston de Trannoy
Guy Reyntiens
La Sioute
Clonmore
Capricieux
Beau Soleil
Team 30.00 1 Disqualified Retired Did not finish
Jumping
Rider Horse Event Final
Penalties Rank
Emmanuel de Blommaert Clonmore Individual 5 3
Guy Reyntiens Beau Soleil Individual 29 30
Paul Convert
Emmanuel de Blommaert
Gaston de Trannoy
La Sioute
Clonmore
Capricieux
Team 60 6

Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing[edit]

Belgian fencing team at the 1912 Olympic Games

12 fencers represented Belgium. It was the third appearance of the nation in fencing, in which Belgium had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. The Belgians had great success in the épée event, placing four fencers in the final and taking three of the top four places, including the gold and bronze medals. They also took the gold medal in the team épée event. These gold medals were the first Olympic championships won by Belgian fencers; the country's best result before 1912 was a bronze medal. Ragnar Wicksell

Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank
Henri Anspach Foil 1 loss 1 Q 1 loss 1 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée Bye 0 losses 1 Q 2 losses 3 Did not advance
Paul Anspach Foil 0 losses 1 Q 2 losses 2 Q 2 losses 3 Did not advance
Épée 1 loss 1 Q 2 losses 1 Q 0 losses 2 Q 6–1 1
Marcel Berré Foil 0 losses 1 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 4 losses 6 Did not advance
Victor Boin Épée 0 losses 1 Q 2 losses 2 Q 2 losses 1 Q 4–3 4
Orphile de Montigny Foil 1 loss 2 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 2 losses 2 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Robert Hennet Foil 1 loss 1 Q 1 loss 1 Q 3 losses 5 Did not advance
Philippe Le Hardy de Beaulieu Épée 3 losses 2 Q 0 losses 1 Q 2 losses 1 Q 4–3 3
Jacques Ochs Foil 1 loss 1 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 1 loss 1 Q 4 losses 4 Did not advance
Gaston Salmon Foil 3 losses 4 Did not start Did not advance
Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Léon Tom Foil 0 losses 1 Q 4 losses 5 Did not advance
Épée 2 losses 2 Q 1 losses 1 Q 1 losses 1 Q 1–6 7
Victor Willems Foil 1 loss 1 Q 1 loss 1 Q 3 losses 3 Did not advance
Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Henri Anspach
Paul Anspach
Marcel Berré
Robert Hennet
Philippe le Hardy
Jacques Ochs
Gaston Salmon
Léon Tom
Team sabre N/A 1–0 1 Q 1–2 3 Did not advance
Henri Anspach
Paul Anspach
Fernand de Montigny
Robert Hennet
Jacques Ochs
François Rom
Gaston Salmon
Victor Willems
Team épée N/A 1–0 1 Q 2–1 2 Q 3–0 1

Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing[edit]

Six rowers represented Belgium. It was the nation's third appearance in rowing. Veirman took the silver medal in the single sculls, as Belgium took a single silver medal in rowing for the third time.

(Ranks given are within each crew's heat.)

Rower Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Polydore Veirman Single sculls 7:59.2 1 Q 7:45.2 1 Q 7:41.0 1 Q 7:56.0 2
Leonard Nuytens (cox)
Georges van den Bossche
Edmond van Waes
Guillaume Visser
Georges Willems
Coxed fours 7:15.0 1 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance

Wrestling[edit]

Greco-Roman[edit]

Belgium sent a single wrestler in 1912. It was the nation's second Olympic wrestling appearance, with the nation not having competed in the Olympics in 1896 or 1904 and wrestling not having been on the programme in 1900. Gerstmans, competing in the heavyweight class, lost his first two matches and was quickly eliminated.

Wrestler Class First round Second round Third round Fourth round Fifth round Sixth round Seventh round Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Match A
Opposition
Result
Match B
Opposition
Result
Match C
Opposition
Result
Rank
Laurent Gerstmans Heavyweight  Lindstrand (SWE)
L
 Backenius (FIN)
L
Did not advance 12

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