Belgium at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Belgium at the Olympic Games

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At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp
Competitors 336
Medals
Rank: 5
Gold
14
Silver
11
Bronze
11
Total
36
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Belgium was the host nation for the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp.

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Bronze medal.svg Bronze[edit]

Archery[edit]

Belgium sent 14 archers in its second Olympic archery appearance, all of whom won at least two medals. The six competitors who competed in the fixed bird events had no international competitions, and took the guaranteed 4 gold medals, 2 silvers, and 2 bronzes. Van Innis, a veteran of Belgium's first appearance in 1900, faced a lone French archer in each of the three individual moving bird competitions; he took two of the three gold medals and one silver. In the team moving bird competitions, the Belgian team faced off against France in the 50 and 33 metre events, beating the French team both times. The Netherlands sent a team for the 28 metre competition, which knocked Belgium down to second place in that event.

Overall, the team took 8 of 10 possible gold medals as well as 4 silvers and 2 bronzes. They had been guaranteed 4 golds, 7 silvers, and 3 bronzes at worst.

Archer Event Final
Score Rank
Edmond Cloetens Fixed large bird 13 1
Fixed small bird 4 5
Firmin Flamand Fixed large bird 7 3
Fixed small bird 5 4
Joseph Hermans Fixed large bird 5 5
Fixed small bird 6 3
Louis van de Perck Fixed large bird 11 2
Fixed small bird 8 2
Auguste van de Verre Fixed large bird 3 6
Fixed small bird 1 6
Hubert Van Innis Moving bird, 50 m 106 2
Moving bird, 33 m 139 1
Moving bird, 28 m 172 1
Edmond van Moer Fixed large bird 6 4
Fixed small bird 11 1
Edmond Cloetens
Firmin Flamand
Joseph Hermans
Louis Van De Perck
Auguste Van De Verre
Edmond Van Moer
Team fixed large bird 31 1
Team fixed small bird 25 1
Alphonse Allaert
Edmond De Knibber
Jérome De Maeyer
Louis Delcon
Louis Fierens
Louis Van Beeck
Hubert Van Innis
Pierre Van Thielt
Team moving bird, 50 m 2701 1
Team moving bird, 33 m 2958 1
Team moving bird, 28 m 2924 2

Aquatics[edit]

Diving[edit]

Three divers represented Belgium in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. Sauvage became the first Belgian to advance to a diving final, in the plain high diving. He placed seventh in the final standings.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Joseph Callens 10 m springboard 30 476.40 6 Did not advance
Joseph De Sonay Plain high dive 35 129.0 7 Did not advance
Fernand Sauvage Plain high dive 17 145.5 3 Q 34 148.5 7

Swimming[edit]

Twelve swimmers, including one woman, represented Belgium in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in the sport as well as the Olympics. Blitz was the first Belgian to reach a final in an Olympic swimming event, and he won the nation's first Olympic swimming medal with his bronze-winning effort in the 100 metre backstroke.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Gérard Blitz 100 m free Unknown 7 Did not advance
100 m back NA 1:18.6 2 Q 1:19.0 3
Félicien Courbet 200 m breast Unknown 7 Did not advance
400 m breast 7:20.0 3 Did not advance
Paul De Backer 1500 m free 26:46.4 2 Q Unknown 6 Did not advance
Édouard Henry 200 m breast 3:18.0 3 Did not advance
400 m breast Unknown 5 Did not advance
Gaspard Lemaire 100 m back NA 1:28.0 3 Did not advance
Paul Neeckx 200 m breast 3:16.6 3 q Unknown 5 Did not advance
Édouard Van Haelen 200 m breast 3:22.6 3 Did not advance
400 m breast Unknown 4 Did not advance
Martial van Schelle 100 m free Unknown 4 Did not advance
René Bauwens
Gérard Blitz
Joseph Cludts
Jean-Pierre Vermetten
4x200 m free relay N/A 11:12.2 3 Did not advance
Women
Swimmer Event Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Germaine Van Dievoet 100 m free Unknown 4 Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Belgium competed in the Olympic water polo tournament for the fourth time in 1920, having won a medal each of the prior times but still seeking its first gold medal. The Bergvall System was in use at the time. Belgium blew out Switzerland in the opening round, then squeaked by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. After defeating Sweden 5–3 in the semifinals, Belgium advanced to the final against Great Britain. For the fourth straight time the two had met in the Olympics, the British side came out on top of the Belgian team, this time by a score of 3–2.

Belgium received a bye into the silver medal semifinals after the loss to Britain. There they faced, and defeated, the United States to take the country's fourth Olympic water polo medal.

Round of 16
Belgium  11–0  Switzerland Antwerp
Quarterfinals
Belgium  2–1  Netherlands Antwerp
Semifinals
Belgium  5–3  Sweden Antwerp
Final
Great Britain  3–2  Belgium Antwerp
Silver medal match
United States  2–7  Belgium Antwerp
Final rank
2 Silver

Athletics[edit]

42 athletes represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's third appearance in the sport, having not competed in athletics in 1900. The best result for the team was Broos's fourth place finish in the marathon as the Belgians continued to look in vain for their first Olympic medal in the sport.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Lucien Bangels 1500 m N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Oscar Blansaer Marathon N/A 3:20:00.0 34
Paul Brochart 100 m 11.4 1 Q Unknown 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
200 m 23.2 1 Q 23.1 2 Q Did not start Did not advance
Auguste Broos Marathon N/A 2:39:25.8 4
Omar Corteyn 400 m 52.2 1 Q 52.1 5 Did not advance
Jean Delarge 800 m N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Pierre Devaux 10000 m N/A 36:38.3 8 Did not advance
Antoine Doyen 10 km walk N/A Unknown 6 Q 56:30.0 8
Léon Fourneau 1500 m N/A 4:14.8 3 Q 4:10.3 9
Henri Godin 800 m N/A Unknown 6 Did not advance
Marcel Gustin 100 m Unknown 3 Did not advance
200 m 24.3 3 Did not advance
Max Houben 200 m 24.2 2 Q Unknown 5 Did not advance
René Joannes-Powell 110 m hurdles N/A Unknown 4 Did not advance
Jean Lefèvre 100 m Unknown 5 Did not advance
Julien Lehouck 100 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
Charles Melis Marathon N/A 3:00:51.0 27
Jules Migeot 400 m 55.1 4 Did not advance
François Morren 400 m 51.6 1 Q 50.8 4 Did not advance
Léonce Oleffe 800 m N/A Unknown 7 Did not advance
Aimé Proot 10000 m N/A Unknown 9 Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 36
Antoine Rivez Cross country N/A Unknown 42
Théophile Roeckaert 1500 m N/A Unknown 8 Did not advance
Jean Segers 3 km walk N/A 14:09.2 6 Q 13:31.1 9
10 km walk N/A 48:29.0 6 Q 50:32.4 7
Omar Smet 400 m hurdles N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Henri Smets 5000 m N/A Unknown 8 Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 33
Pierre Trullemans 5000 m N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 41
Julien Van Campenhout 5000 m N/A 15:22.6 2 Q Unknown 9
Cross country N/A 28:00.0 7
Joseph Van Der Wee 800 m N/A Unknown 5 Did not advance
Désiré Van Remortel Marathon N/A Did not finish
Paul Verlaeckt 3 km walk N/A Unknown 7 Did not advance
10 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
François Vyncke 5000 m N/A Unknown 7 Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 37
Charles Wiggers 3 km walk N/A Unknown 9 Did not advance
10 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
Paul Brochart
Max Houben
Julien Lehouck
Omer Smet
4x100 m relay N/A 43.7 4 Did not advance
Omar Corteyn
Jules Migeot
François Morren
Omar Smet
4x400 m relay N/A 3:38.8 1 Q 3:24.9 6
Lucien Bangels
Claude Otterbeen
Henri Smets
Pierre Trullemans
Julien Van Campenhout
François Vyncke
3000 m team N/A 30 4 Did not advance
Aimé Proot
Antoine Rivez
Henri Smets
Pierre Trullemans
Julien Van Campenhout
François Vyncke
Team cross country N/A 48 6
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Gustave De Bruyne Long jump 6.20 18 Did not advance
Arthur Delaender Discus throw 32.00 16 Did not advance
Javelin throw 36.25 25 Did not advance
Adolphe Hauman Javelin throw 42.58 18 Did not advance
Jean Hénault High jump 1.65 16 Did not advance
Georges Henrion High jump 1.70 14 Did not advance
René Joannes-Powell Pole vault 3.60 1 Q 3.30 13
Jean Lefèvre Long jump 5.79 24 Did not advance
Javelin throw 39.00 22 Did not advance
Julien Lehouck Long jump 5.76 25 Did not advance
Jean Mahy High jump 1.65 16 Did not advance
Émile Muller Javelin throw 40.24 20 Did not advance
Léon Pothier Shot put 10.10 24 Did not advance
Gaston Wuyts Shot put 11.045 18 Did not advance
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
René Joannes-Powell Decathlon 5091.520 11

Boxing[edit]

13 boxers represented Belgium at the 1920 Games. It was the nation's debut appearance in boxing. Hébrants was the only boxer to advance to the semifinals; he was defeated both in the semifinals and in the bronze medal match to finish with fourth place in the bantamweight.

Boxer Weight class Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / Bronze match
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jules Androt Flyweight N/A  Zivic (USA)
L
Did not advance 9
Philippe Bouvy Featherweight Bye  Hesterman (NED)
W
 Gachet (FRA)
L
Did not advance 5
Alfons Bouwens Bantamweight N/A  Walker (RSA)
L
Did not advance 9
Joseph Charpentier Flyweight N/A  Kjellberg (NOR)
W
 Albert (FRA)
L
Did not advance 5
Victor Creusen Heavyweight N/A Bye  Spengler (USA)
L
Did not advance 5
René De Smet Welterweight Bye  Suhr (DEN)
L
Did not advance 9
Henri Hébrants Bantamweight N/A Bye  Vogel (USA)
W
 Graham (CAN)
L
 McKenzie (GBR)
L
4
Antoine Masson Middleweight Bye  Prud'Homme (CAN)
L
Did not advance 9
Jean Neys Lightweight N/A  Johansen (DEN)
L
Did not advance 9
Georges Simonon Middleweight  Dortet (FRA)
L
Did not advance 17
Julien Van Muyzen Lightweight N/A  Giunchi (ITA)
W
 Beland (RSA)
L
Did not advance 5
Roger Vincken Featherweight Bye  Garzena (ITA)
L
Did not advance 9
Georges Werll Welterweight Bye  Clark (USA)
L
Did not advance 9

Cycling[edit]

15 cyclists represented Belgium in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in the sport, with Belgium having competed in cycling each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. George took the country's first Olympic cycling gold medal by winning the 50 kilometre race. The road cycling team took bronze; Belgian cyclists came close to adding more medals with two fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place finish.

Road cycling[edit]

Cyclist Event Final
Result Rank
Albert de Bunné Time trial 4:45:23.4 5
Jean Janssens Time trial 4:44:20.6 4
André Vercruysse Time trial 4:55:41.4 15
Albert Wyckmans Time trial 5:03:19.0 24
Albert de Bunné
Jean Janssens
André Vercruysse
Albert Wyckmans
Team time trial 19:28:44.4 3

Track cycling[edit]

Ranks given are within the heat.

Cyclist Event Heats Quarterfinals Repechage semis Repechage final Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Binard Sprint Unknown 2 Q Unknown 3 R Unknown 3 Did not advance
Charles Cadron 50 km N/A Unknown 8
Gustave Daghelinckx Sprint 13.2 1 Q Unknown 3 R Unknown 2 Did not advance
Gustave de Schryver 50 km N/A Unknown 8
Félix Dockx 50 km N/A Did not finish
Henry George 50 km N/A 1:16:42.3 1
L'Empereur Sprint Unknown 2 Q Unknown 3 R Unknown 2 Did not advance
John Verhoeven Sprint 13.2 1 Q Unknown 3 R Unknown 3 Did not advance
Frédéric Claessens
Frans Verscheuren
Tandem N/A Did not finish N/A Did not advance
Gustave Daghelinckx
John Verhoeven
Tandem N/A Unknown 2 N/A Did not advance
Gustave Daghelinckx
Albert de Bunné
Gustave de Schryver
Jean Janssens
Charles Van Doorslaer
Team pursuit N/A 6:18.4 1 Q' N/A 5:20.2 2 Did not advance 4

Equestrian[edit]

Eighteen equestrians represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's third appearance in the sport, being one of only three countries (along with France and the United States) to have taken part in each Olympic equestrian competition to that point. The Belgian vaulters were the most successful, with Bouckaert's gold medal and Finet's bronze in the individual leading the team to a gold medal in the combined event. The Belgians also had success in the other two competitions, adding a silver in the jumping and a bronze in the eventing, though no others took individual medals.

Equestrian Horse Event Final
Result Rank
Jules Bonvalet Weppelghem Eventing 1392.50 12
Jumping 10.00 15
Daniel Bouckaert Vaulting 30.500 1
Victor Claes Vaulting 26.163 8
Emmanuel de Blommaert Grizzly Dressage 20.4375 11
Ghislain de Briey Perfect Gentleman Jumping 13.50 21
Ferdinand de la Serna Arsinoe Jumping 6.00 5
Gaston de Trannoy Bouton d'Or Dressage 23.1250 7
Louis Finet Vaulting 29.000 3
Oswald Lints Martha Eventing 1515.00 10
Jacques Misonne Gaucho Eventing 1282.50 17
Jumping 23.25 25
Roger Moeremans d'Emaüs Sweet Girl Eventing 1652.50 4
Jumping 7.00 7
Albert van Cauwenberg Vaulting 26.666 6
van Ranst Vaulting 28.000 4
van Schauwenbroeck Vaulting 27.250 5
Daniel Bouckaert
Louis Finet
van Ranst
Team vaulting 87.500 1
Jules Bonvalet
Oswald Lints
Jacques Misonne
Roger Moeremans d'Emaüs
Weppelghem
Martha
Gaucho
Sweet Girl
Team eventing 4560.00 3
André Coumans
Herman de Gaiffier d'Hestroy
Herman d'Oultromont
Henri Laame
Lisette
Miss
Lord Kitchener
Biscuit
Team jumping 16.25 2

Fencing[edit]

Twenty-two fencers represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's fourth appearance in the sport, having competed in fencing each time Belgium appeared at the Olympics. The best result for the team was a silver medal in the team épée, which was the country's only fencing medal despite having six individual finalists and two teams in event finals.

Ranks given are within the group.

Athlete Event First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Marcel Berré Foil N/A 2–4 4 Did not advance
Victor Boin Épée 4–2 3 Q 3–7 8 Did not advance
Charles Crahay Foil N/A 3–1 2 Q 2–3 4 Did not advance
Marcel Cuypers Foil N/A 6–2 2 Q 2–3 4 Did not advance
Joseph de Craecker Épée 4–4 3 Q 5–5 7 Did not advance
Orphile de Montigny Épée 7–1 1 Q 6–4 3 Q 4–7 7 Did not advance
Foil N/A 5–0 1 Q 4–1 1 Q 6–5 6
Robert de Schepper Foil N/A 3–2 3 Q 1–4 5 Did not advance
Maurice Dewee Épée 4–3 2 Q 6–5 3 Q 3–8 10 Did not advance
Charles Delporte Épée 6–2 1 Q 5–5 6 Q 4–7 5 Q 3–8 10
Emile Dufrane Foil N/A 3–3 4 Did not advance
Robert Feyerick Sabre N/A 3–3 2 Q 3–3 5 Did not advance
Ernest Gevers Épée 4–5 4 Q 6–5 3 Q 7–4 1 Q 6–5 4
Félix Goblet Épée 8–1 1 Q 5–3 5 Q 6–5 2 Q 3–8 10
Sabre N/A 4–3 3 Q 0–6 7 Did not advance
Robert Hennet Sabre N/A 5–3 2 Q 3–3 4 Q 5–6 7
Charles Pape Foil N/A 3–5 6 Did not advance
Alexis Simonson Sabre N/A 1–6 7 Did not advance
Léon Tom Épée 2–5 7 Did not advance
Sabre N/A 6–1 1 Q 4–2 2 Q 5–6 6
Jean Verbrugghe Foil N/A 5–1 2 Q 1–4 5 Did not advance
Pierre Calle
Charles Delporte
Harry Dombeeck
Robert Feyerick
Robert Hennet
Alexis Simonson
Léon Tom
Team sabre[1] N/A 4–3 4
Marcel Berré
Charles Crahay
Marcel Cuypers
Orphile de Montigny
Émile de Schepper
Robert Hennet
Charles Pape
Léon Tom
Team foil[1] N/A 1–4 4 Did not advance
Paul Anspach
Victor Boin
Joseph de Craecker
Orphile de Montigny
Maurice de Wee
Ernest Gevers
Félix Goblet
Philippe le Hardy
Léon Tom
Team épée N/A 4–1 1 Q 4–1 2

Field hockey[edit]

Belgium competed in field hockey for the first time. The team took third place in the four-team round robin, defeating France but losing to Great Britain and Denmark.

Team Event Final
Result Rank
Belgium national field hockey team Field hockey 1–2 3

Football[edit]

Belgium competed in the Olympic football tournament for the second time, winning the gold medal. The Belgians, which had taken bronze in 1900, won the 1920 championship without much difficulty. The squad outscored opponents 8 to 1, including holding a 2–0 lead when Czechoslovakia withdrew from the final in protest in the 40th minute.

Quarterfinals
August 29, 1920
Belgium  3–1  Spain
Coppée Goal 11' Goal 52' Goal 55' Report Arrate Goal 62' (pen.)
Olympisch Stadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Johannes Mutters (NED)
Semifinals
August 31, 1920
Belgium  3–0  Netherlands
Larnoe Goal 46'
Van Hege Goal 55'
Bragard Goal 85'
Report
Olympisch Stadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: John Lewis (GBR)
Final
September 2, 1920
Belgium  2–0  Czechoslovakia
Coppée Goal 6' (pen.)
Larnoe Goal 30'
Report
Olympisch Stadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: John Lewis (GBR)
Final rank
 Gold

Gymnastics[edit]

Forty-eight gymnasts represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's third appearance in the sport. Kempeneers had the best individual performance, finishing fourth. Belgium also sent teams in two of the three team events, winning a silver medal and a bronze.

Artistic gymnastics[edit]

Gymnast Event Final
Result Rank
François Gibens All-around 83.08 11
Félicien Kempeneers All-around 86.25 4
Charles Lannie All-around 78.95 19
François Verboven All-around 80.42 17
Julianus Wagemans All-around 83.58 9
Eugenius Auwerkerken
Théophile Bauer
François Claessens
Augustus Cootmans
Frans Gibens
Albert Haepers
Domien Jacob
Félicien Kempeneers
Jules Labéeu
Hubert Lafortune
Auguste Landrieu
Charles Lannie
Constant Loriot
Nicolaas Moerloos
Ferdinand Minnaert
Louis Stoop
Jean Van Guysse
Alphonse Van Mele
François Verboven
Jean Verboven
Julien Verdonck
Joseph Verstraeten
Georges Vivex
Julianus Wagemans
Team 346.765 2
Paul Arets
Léon Bronckaert
Léopold Clabots
Jean Baptiste Claessens
Léon Darrien
Lucien Dehoux
Ernest Deleu
Emil Duboisson
Ernest Dureuil
Joseph Fiems
Marcel Hansen
Louis Henin
Omer Hoffman
Félix Logiest
Charles Marschaelcke
René Paenhuysen
Arnold Pierret
René Pinchart
Gaspar Pirotte
Augusten Pluys
Léopold Son
Edouard Taeymans
Pierre Thitiar
Henri Verhavert
Team, Swedish system 1094.000 3

Ice hockey[edit]

The host nation competed in the inaugural Olympic ice hockey tournament. The team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden.

Quarterfinals
23 April 1920
 
Sweden  8–0
(5-0, 3-0)
 Belgium Palais de Glace d'Anvers, Antwerp
Final rank
6th

Polo[edit]

Belgium competed in the Olympic polo tournament for the first time, taking fourth and last place. The Belgians lost to Great Britain in the semifinals and to the United States in the bronze medal match.

Semifinals
 
 Great Britain (GBR) 8–3  Belgium (BEL)
 
Bronze medal match
 
 United States (USA) 11–3  Belgium (BEL)
 
Final rank
4th

Rowing[edit]

Twenty rowers represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's fourth appearance in the sport. None of the team's five boats were able to advance past the first round in its event.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Cox Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jacques Haller N/A Single sculls Unknown 3 Did not advance
Georges Léonet
Emile Sadzawska
N/A Double sculls N/A Unknown 2 Did not advance
Georges van den Bossche
Oscar van den Bossche
Guillaume Visser Coxed pairs N/A 8:25.0 2 Did not advance
Adrien D'Hondt
Robert Demulder
Jean Van Silfhout
Léon Vleurinck
Roger Moeremans d'Emaüs Coxed fours N/A 7:40.0 2 Did not advance
Daniël Clarembaux
Julien Crickx
Gustave De Mulder
Jozef Hermans
Charles Lalemand
Maurice Requillé
René Smet
Félix Taymans
Jules Crickx Eights 6:40.0 2 Did not advance

Sailing[edit]

Fourteen sailors represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's second appearance in the sport. Belgium had the dubious distinction of having the only boat to not win a medal—there was only one event in which more than three boats entered, and the two Belgian boats in that event finished first and fourth. The other two Belgian boats earned a silver and a bronze.

Sailors Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Score Rank
Raymond Bauwens
Louis Depière
Willy Valcke
6 metre (1907) Unknown 4
Frédéric Bruynseels
Emile Cornellie
Florimond Cornellie
6 metre (1907) Unknown 1
Léon Huybrechts
John Klotz
Charles van den Bussche
6 metre (1919) Unknown 2
Willy de l'Arbre
Albert Grisar
Georges Hellebuyck
Léopold Standaert
Henri Weewauters
8 metre (1919) Unknown 3

Skating[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Two figure skaters represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's debut appearance in the sport. The pair finished in sixth place out of eight pairs.

Skater Event Final
Result Rank
Georgette Herbos
Georges Wagemans
Pairs 41.5 6

Shooting[edit]

Twenty-nine shooters represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's third appearance in the sport. J. Haller and G. Sylva also competed, but in which events is unknown.[2] In addition, five unknown Belgian shooters competed.[3] Belgium finished with a lone medal, the silver in the team clay pigeons competition.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Conrad Andriaenssens 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Louis Andrieu 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
Arthur Balbaert 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Albert Bosquet Trap 84 9
Philippe Cammaerts 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
Émile Dupont Trap 84 9
Joseph Haesaerts 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
François Heyens 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Joseph Janssens 300 m military rifle, standing 54 5
Henri Quersin Trap 85 7
Victor Robert 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
Paul Van Asbroeck 50 m free pistol 466 7
50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Norbert Van Molle 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
Conrad Andriaenssens
Arthur Balbaert
François Ceulemans
Joseph Haesaerts
Paul Van Asbroeck
600 m team military rifle, prone 264 10
300 & 600 m team military rifle, prone 469 14
Conrad Andriaenssens
Arthur Balbaert
Joseph Haesaerts
François Heyens
Paul Van Asbroeck
50 m team free pistol 2229 5
Team free rifle 3939 12
Conrad Andriaenssens
Joseph Janssens
Vincent Libert
Louis Ryskens
Paul Van Asbroeck
300 m team military rifle, prone 264 14
300 m team military rifle, standing 217 12
Louis Andrieu
Philippe Cammaerts
Victor Robert
Paul Van Asbroeck
Norbert Van Molle
50 m team small-bore rifle 1785 6
Robert Andrieux
Joseph Bastin
Philippe Cammaerts
Léon De Coster
Paul Van Asbroeck
Norbert Van Molle
30 m team military pistol 1221 7
Albert Bosquet
Joseph Cogels
Émile Dupont
Edouard Fesinger
Henri Quersin
Louis Van Tilt
Team clay pigeons 503 2

Tug of war[edit]

Belgium competed in the Olympic tug of war tournament for the first time in 1920, the final appearance of the sport in the Olympics. The Bergvall System was used. Losing their first match to Great Britain eliminated the Belgians from the gold medal tournament, but a win against the United States set them opposite the Netherlands for the silver medal. Belgium lost this match and was relegated to the bronze medal tournament; there, they again faced and again defeated the Americans to take the bronze.

All matches were best-of-three pulls.

Semifinals
 
 Great Britain (GBR) 2–0  Belgium (BEL)
 
Silver medal semifinals
 
 Belgium (BEL) 2–0  United States (USA)
 
Silver medal match
 
 Belgium (BEL) 0–2  Netherlands (NED)
 
Bronze medal match
 
 United States (USA) 0–2  Belgium (BEL)
 
Final rank
3 Bronze

Weightlifting[edit]

Seven weightlifters represented Belgium in 1920. It was the host nation's debut appearance in the sport. Three of the Belgians took medals, one of each type, with François de Haes taking the top spot in the featherweight category.

Weightlifter Weight class Final
Result Rank
François de Haes 60 kg 220.0 1
Lionel de Haes 60 kg 190.0 7
Georges de Proft 75 kg Did not finish
Marcel Marchand 75 kg 205.0 7
Georges Rooms 67.5 kg 230.0 3
Lionel van den Roye 82.5 kg 227.5 8
Louis Williquet 67.5 kg 240.0 2

Wrestling[edit]

Twelve wrestlers competed for Belgium in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. None of the Belgians won medals, though twice a wrestler was defeated in the bronze medal match. Two of the wrestlers competed in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling.

Freestyle[edit]

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals / Bronze match Rank
Pierre Derkinderen Freestyle middle Bye  Rahmy (EGY) (W)  Penttala (FIN) (L) Did not advance 5
Frits Janssens Freestyle middle Bye  Angelot (FRA) (W)  Leino (FIN) (L) Did not advance 5
Hyacinthe Roosen Freestyle light heavy N/A  Gallén (FIN) (L) Did not advance 9
Henri Snoeck Freestyle light heavy N/A  van Rensburg (RSA) (L) Did not advance 9
Auguste Thys Freestyle light N/A Bye Bye  Anttila (FIN) (L)  Wright (GBR) (L) 4

Greco-Roman[edit]

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Rank
Silver quarters Silver semis Silver match
Bronze quarters Bronze semis Bronze match
Alexandre Boumans Greco-Roman feather  Roels (NED) (W)  Vaglio (ITA) (W)  Porro (ITA) (W)  Friman (FIN) (L) Did not advance 5
N/A  Gallery (USA) (W)  Kähkönen (FIN) (L)
Bye  Svensson (SWE) (L) Did not advance
Oscar Cornelis Greco-Roman middle  Perttilä (FIN) (L) Did not advance Did not advance 19
Did not advance
Did not advance
Henri Dierickx Greco-Roman feather  Pütsep (EST) (L) Did not advance Did not advance 17
Did not advance
Did not advance
Frits Janssens Greco-Roman light Bye  Swigart (USA) (W)  Väre (FIN) (L) Did not advance 4
 Christiansen (DEN) (W)  Tamminen (FIN) (L) Did not advance
Bye  Frydenlund (NOR) (W)  Andersen (NOR) (L)
Auguste Savonnet Greco-Roman light Bye  Frisenfeldt (DEN) (L) Did not advance 12
Did not advance
Did not advance
Henri Snoeck Greco-Roman light heavy Bye  Kocián (TCH) (W)  Sint (NED) (L) Did not advance 7
N/A Did not advance
N/A
Maurice Vanderleenden Greco-Roman middle Bye  Zanoline (USA) (W)  Westergren (SWE) (L) Did not advance 9
 Dechmann (LUX) (W)  Perttilä (FIN) (L) Did not advance
Did not advance
Eduard van den Bril Greco-Roman heavy Bye  Nilsson (SWE) (L) Did not advance 12
Did not advance
N/A
Emile Wahlem Greco-Roman light heavy Bye  Cardinale (ITA) (W)  Rajala (FIN) (W)  Sint (NED) (L) Did not advance 6
N/A Did not advance
N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Belgium Fencing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games". Sports-Reference.  Team composition for foil and sabre.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference
  3. ^ De Wael's Complete Olympians