Belgium at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Belgium at the
1900 Summer Olympics
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
IOC code BEL
NOC Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Website www.olympic.be (in Dutch) (in French)
in Paris
Competitors 78 in 11 sports
Medals
Gold
5
Silver
5
Bronze
5
Total
15
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Belgium competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. It was the first appearance of the European nation. Belgium was represented in France by 78[1] athletes, all of them male, who competed in 11 disciplines. They comprised 95 entries in 28 events.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Emmanuel Foulon Archery Sur la Perche à la Herse
 Gold Hubert Van Innis Archery Au Cordon Doré 33 metres
 Gold Hubert Van Innis Archery Au Chapelet 33 metres
 Gold Aimé Haegeman Equestrian Jumping
 Gold Constant van Langhendonck Equestrian Long jump
 Silver Émile Druart Archery Sur la Perche à la Herse
 Silver Hubert Van Innis Archery Au Cordon Doré 50 metres
 Silver Georges Van Der Poele Equestrian Jumping
 Silver Royal Club Nautique de Gand
Jules De Bisschop, Prospère Bruggeman,
Oscar de Somville, Oscar De Cock,
Maurice Hemelsoet, Marcel Van Crombrugge,
Frank Odberg, Maurice Verdonck,
Alfred Van Landeghem
Rowing Men's eight
 Silver Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club
Jean de Backer, Victor de Behr,
Henri Cohen, Fernand Feyaerts,
Oscar Grégoire, Albert Michant,
Victor Sonnemans
Water polo Water polo
 Bronze Louis Glineur Archery Sur la Perche à la Pyramide
 Bronze Georges Van Der Poele Equestrian High jump
 Bronze Charles Paumier du Verger Shooting 300 metre free rifle, standing
 Bronze Paul Van Asbroeck Shooting 300 metre free rifle, three positions
 Bronze Université libre de Bruxelles
Albert Delbecque, Hendrik van Heuckelum,
Raul Kelecom, Marcel Leboutte,
Lucien Londot, Ernest Moreau de Melen,
Edmond Neefs, Georges Pelgrims,
Alphonse Renier, Émile Spannoghe,
Eric Thornton
Football Men's football

Archery[edit]

Belgium took three of six gold medals, two of seven silver medals, and one of five bronze medals in the six archery events that were Olympic. France and the Netherlands were the only other nations that competed, with France taking the remaining twelve medals. Many of the French, Dutch, and Belgian competitors are unknown as their names were not recorded. 4 of the 18 Belgian archers are known by name, 14 are not. The 18 archers had 35 entries over all 6 events.

Athlete Events Score Rank
Hubert Van Innis Au Cordon Doré 33 metres Unknown 1st, gold medalist(s)
Au Cordon Doré 50 metres 29 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Au Chapelet 33 metres Unknown 1st, gold medalist(s)
Au Chapelet 50 metres Unknown 4
Emmanuel Foulon Sur la Perche à la Herse Unknown 1st, gold medalist(s)
Émile Druart Unknown 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Louis Glineur Sur la Perche à la Pyramide Unknown 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

Cycling[edit]

Belgium's first cycling appearance was at the second Olympic cycling competition, 1900. One cyclist from Belgium competed in one event, winning no medals. Only his surname is known.

Athlete Event Round 1 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Vincent Men's sprint Unknown 2 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Belgium competed in the inaugural Olympic equestrian events, taking 2 of 3 gold medals. The names of 9 Belgian equestrians are unknown.

Rider Horse Events Final
Result Rank
Aimé Haegeman Benton II Jumping 2:16.0 1st, gold medalist(s)
Georges Van Der Poele Winsor Squire 2:17.6 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Georges Van Der Poele Ludlow High jump 1.70 metres 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Constant van Langhendonck Extra Dry Long jump 6.1 metres 1st, gold medalist(s)
Van der Meulen Unknown Unknown

Fencing[edit]

Belgium competed in fencing at the nation's debut. The nation sent five fencers.

Athlete Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Tony Smet Men's foil Advanced by jury Advanced by jury 8th in group 14th
Men's épée 1st in group Q 4-6th in group Did not advance
Pierre Selderslagh Men's masters foil Advanced by jury Advanced by jury 5th in group 10th
Cyrille Verbrugge Advanced by jury Advanced by jury 7th in group 15th
F. Després Not advanced by jury n/a
Hébrant Men's masters sabre Q n/a 2nd in group Q 8th

Football[edit]

Université de Bruxelles represented Belgium in the football competition. The club squad lost its only match, to Club Française, to take third in the three-team competition. Université de Bruxelles

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1900 club
Albert Delbecque Belgium Skill F.C. de Bruxelles
Netherlands Hendrik van Heuckelum Belgium Léopold Club de Bruxelles
Raul Kelecom Belgium FC Liégeois
1GK Marcel Leboutte Belgium Spa FC
Lucien Londot Belgium FC Liégeois
Ernest Moreau de Melen Belgium FC Liégeois
Eugène Neefs Belgium Sporting Club de Louvain
Georges Pelgrims (c) Belgium Léopold Club de Bruxelles
Alphonse Renier Belgium Racing Club de Bruxelles
Émile Spannoghe Belgium Skill F.C. de Bruxelles
England Eric Thornton Belgium Léopold Club de Bruxelles
R Camille Van Hoorden (1879-02-15)15 February 1879 (aged 21) Belgium Racing Club de Bruxelles
USFSA XI France 6 – 2 Belgium Université de Bruxelles
Peltier Goal 1'
Goal 13'
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Report Spannoghe Goal ??'
van Heuckelum Goal ??'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jack Wood (Great Britain)

Gymnastics[edit]

Belgium's inaugural Olympic appearance included competing in the gymnastics portion of the program.

Athlete Event Score Rank
De Poorten Combined 207 99
Michelet 192 112

Rowing[edit]

Belgium, through the Royal Club Nautique de Gand, sent coxed pairs and coxed eights boats to the first Olympic rowing competition.

Athlete Event Semi-finals Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Prospère Bruggeman
Maurice Hemelsoet
unknown cox
Men's coxed pair 7:00.4 3 Did not advance
Jules De Bisschop
Prospère Bruggeman
Oscar de Somville
Oscar De Cock
Maurice Hemelsoet
Marcel Van Crombrugge
Frank Odberg
Maurice Verdonck
Alfred Van Landeghem (cox)
Men's eight 5:00.2 2 Q 6:13.8 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Shooting[edit]

Belgium's first Olympic appearance included competing in the shooting events. Belgian shooters competed in the military pistol and military rifle sets of events.

Shooter Event Score Rank
Alban Rooman Men's 50 metre free pistol 405 13
Émile Thèves 404 14
Victor Robert 351 16
Pierre Eichhorn 345 17
Charles Lebègue 318 19
Alban Rooman
Émile Thèves
Victor Robert
Pierre Eichhorn
Charles Lebègue
Men's 50 metre free pistol, team 1823 4
Charles Paumier Men's 300 metre free rifle, standing 298 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Paul Van Asbroeck 297 4
Jules Bury 282 7
Edouard Myin 265 21
Joseph Baras 233 30
Paul Van Asbroeck Men's 300 metre free rifle, kneeling 308 4
Charles Paumier 297 9
Jules Bury 269 24
Edouard Myin 249 29
Joseph Baras 210 30
Paul Van Asbroeck Men's 300 metre free rifle, prone 312 8
Edouard Myin 304 13
Charles Paumier 302 15
Joseph Baras 270 28
Jules Bury 270 28
Paul Van Asbroeck Men's 300 metre free rifle, three positions 917 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Charles Paumier 897 6
Jules Bury 821 22
Edouard Myin 818 23
Joseph Baras 713 30
Paul Van Asbroeck
Charles Paumier
Jules Bury
Edouard Myin
Joseph Baras
Men's 300 metre free rifle, team 4166 6

Swimming[edit]

Athlete Events Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Hermand Men's 4000 metre freestyle Did not finish Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club represented Belgium in this event.

Roster
Athlete Event Rank
Jean de Backer
Victor de Behr
Henri Cohen
Fernand Feyaerts
Oscar Grégoire
Albert Michant
Georges Romas
Guillaume Séron
Victor Sonnemans
A. R. Upton
Water polo 2nd, silver medalist(s)
First Round
11 August 1900 Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club Belgium 20 Pupilles de Neptune de Lille #1 France
Semi-Finals
12 August 1900 Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club Belgium 51 Libellule de Paris France
Final
12 August 1900 Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club Belgium 27 Osborne Swimming Club Great Britain

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This differs from de Wael's count of 84. De Wael counts three water poloists who are not included on the team roster according to the IOC, two equestrians who competed in only non-Olympic events (a third non-Olympic equestrian also competed in croquet), and two unknown coxswains in rowing where there was only one.

References[edit]

  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "1900 Olympians from Belgium". Accessed 11 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.