Adolf Schmal

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Adolf Schmal
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Medal record
Representing  Austria
Cycling
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens 12 hour race
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens 333 metres time trial
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens 10 kilometres

Felix Adolf Schmal (18 September 1872 – 28 August 1919) was an Austrian fencer and racing cyclist. He was born in Dortmund and died in Salzburg. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1]

1896 Olympics[edit]

With a fencing mask, sabre and a racing bike, Schmal got a train ticket and headed for Athens, Greece for the first Olympics,[2] and on the 8th April 1896, he competed in the 100 km cycling race, but like seven other starters from the original ten he didn't finish the race.[3] The next day he was competing in the sabre fencing event, and was looking at a medal having won both his opening two rounds, but then entered the King and his entourage and the officials decided to start the event again, in which Schmal only won one out of his four rounds.[4][2] After a day off, Schmal was back in the saddle and winning two bronze medals, in the time trial Schmal finished on a time of 26 seconds which matched the time of Stamatios Nikolopoulos in second place behind the Frenchman Paul Masson, but Nikolopoulos won the race-off and Schmal finished in third place,[5] he also finished in third place in the 10 km race behind the French duo of Léon Flameng and winner Paul Masson.[6] On the 13th April, Schmal won his gold medal in the 12 hour race, seven cyclists started the race and by lap 10 Schmal had lapped them all, so he then kept on the wheel of Englishman Frederick Keeping for the rest of the race, only Schmal and Keeping finished the race.[7]

Writing[edit]

Schmal was also a journalist like his father[2] and later an author, he would later write under the name of Adolf Schmal-Filius,[2] his most popular book was written in 1904 called "Ohne Chauffeur"[8] which was like a "Handbook for Motorcyclist"[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adolf Schmal Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Memories of Adolf Schmal-Filius". austroclassic.at. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 kilometres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fencing at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Sabre, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 333⅓ metres Time Trial". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cycling at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 12-Hours Race". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Schmal, Adolf". biographien.ac.at. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 

Notes[edit]

  • Mallon, Bill; Ture Widlund (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [1])
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Herman's Full Olympians". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-26.