Niels Larsen

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Niels Larsen
Niels Larsen 1945b.jpg
Larsen with a shotgun produced by his company in 1945
Personal information
Born (1889-11-21)21 November 1889
Horsens, Denmark
Died 15 November 1969(1969-11-15) (aged 79)
Syddanmark, Denmark
Sport
Sport Sports shooting
Event(s) Rifle, pistol
Club Otterup

Niels Hansen Ditlev Larsen (21 November 1889 – 15 November 1969) was a Danish sport shooter and rifle manufacturer. He competed in various rifle and pistol events in the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics and won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals, becoming the most successful Danish Olympic shooter.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Larsen took up shooting early, and was training in a city club by the age of 14. His talent was noticed by Hans Schultz, an Olympic shooter who owned a guns workshop in Otterup. Schultz hired Larsen in 1910; in 1912 they competed together in the Stockholm Olympics, in 1917 became business partners, and in 1919 expanded the Schultz's workshop into the Schultz & Larsen factory. Earlier in 1916 Larsen married Schultz's daughter Ellen.[3] Their son Uffe Schultz Larsen also became an Olympic shooter and worked for Schultz & Larsen.[1]

Olympic results[edit]

1912 Stockholm

In 1912 Larsen won the bronze medal in the 300 metre free rifle, three positions event and also with the Danish team in the team free rifle competition. He also participated in the following events:[2]

1920 Antwerp

Eight years later Larsen won the gold medal as member of the Danish team in the team 300 metre military rifle, standing event and the silver medal in the 300 metre free rifle, three positions competition. He also participated in the following events:[2]

1924 Paris

In 1924 Larsen won the bronze medal in the 600 metre free rifle competition and finished sixth with the Danish team in the team free rifle event.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Horsens-lærling blev Danmarks mest vindende OL-skytte. Horsens Idrætsarkiv
  2. ^ a b c d Niels Larsen. sports-reference
  3. ^ Margit Egdal. Otterup Geværfabrik 1889–1994. nordfynsk.dk