Hubert Van Innis

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Gerardus Theodorus Hubertus van Innis
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Personal information
Nationality  Belgium
Born (1866-02-24)24 February 1866
Elewijt
Died 25 November 1961(1961-11-25) (aged 95)
Zemst
Sport
Sport Archery

Hubert van Innis (24 February 1866 – 25 November 1961) was a Belgian competitor in the sport of archery, he competed in two Summer Olympics 20 years apart and came away with six gold medals and three silver medals.[1]

As a young boy the story goes he was forced to work as a milk delivery boy in the villages around Brussels, and at the end of his deliveries he would send his dog and cart home while he went off to practice his archery skills.[2]

Van Innis was 34 years old when he competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris, France, he entered four events, he won gold medals in the Au Cordon Doré 33 metres[3] and the Au Chapelet 33 metres[4] events, he also came second behind Frenchman Henri Hérouin in the Au Cordon Doré 50 metres,[5] his worst result of the Games was a fourth place in the Au Chapelet 50 metres.[6]

Van Innis had to wait another twenty years before competing on the Olympic stage, he then entered the 1920 Summer Olympics held on his home soil in Antwerp, Belgium, where he added to his medal tally with two more individual gold medals in the Individual moving bird, 28 metres beating Frenchman Léonce Quentin as only two people competed[7] and the Individual moving bird, 33 metres,[8] he then lost to Frenchman Julien Brulé in the Individual moving bird, 50 metres to win a silver medal,[9] he also added three team medals with two more golds in the Team moving bird, 50 metres,[10] Team moving bird, 33 metres[11] and a silver medal in the Team moving bird, 28 metres,[12] his final Olympic medal tally was six gold medals and three silver medals.[2]

Unbelievably when aged 67 years old and 13 years after his Olympic victories he went on to win in the 1933 World Championships.[2]

His legacy has continued through his family, his great-grandson Philippe Prieels has competed in the World Archery Championships and his great great granddaughter Sarah Prieels has also competed in the World Archery Championships.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hubert Van Innis, Bio". Olympics at Spoerts-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Best Olympic Archers Of All-Time: #4 Hubert Van Innis". worldarchery.org. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archery at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Au Cordon Doré, 33 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Archery at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Au Chapelet, 33 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Archery at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Au Cordon Doré, 50 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Archery at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Au Chapelet, 50 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 28 metres, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 33 metres, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 50 metres, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 50 metres, Team". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 33 metres, Team". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Archery at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Target Archery, 28 metres, Team". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  • International Olympic Committee medal winners database
  • 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.