Belgium at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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IOC codeBEL
NOCBelgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Websitewww.olympic.be (in Dutch and French)
in Paris
Competitors78 in 11 sports
Medals
Ranked 5th
Gold
6
Silver
7
Bronze
4
Total
17
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

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
 Gold Georges Nagelmackers Equestrian Mail coach
 Silver Émile Druart Archery Sur la Perche à la Herse
 Silver Hubert Van Innis Archery Au Cordon Doré 50 metres
 Silver Hubert Van Innis Archery Championnat du Monde
 Silver Georges Van Der Poele Equestrian Jumping
 Silver Royal Club Nautique de Gand
Jules De Bisschop, Prosper Bruggeman,
Oscar Dessomville, 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
 Silver René Guyot Shooting trap
 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

Additionally Belgian athletes won bronze medal as a part of football Mixed Team Université libre de Bruxelles.

Medal Team Name Sport Event
 Bronze Mixed Team Université libre de Bruxelles
Albert Delbecque, Hendrik van Heuckelum,
Raul Kelecom, Marcel Leboutte,
Lucien Londot, Ernest Moreau de Melen,
Edmond Neefs, Gustave Pelgrims,
Alphonse Renier, Hilaire Spanoghe,
Eric Thornton
Football Men's football

Results by event

Aquatics

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1900 Summer Olympics

A man with the surname Hermand was Belgium's first Olympic swimmer. He competed in the 4000 metre freestyle but did not finish his first round heat.

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

Water polo

Main article: Water Polo at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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 place, 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

Archery

Main article: Archery at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Belgium took three of seven gold medals, three of eight silver medals, and one of five bronze medals in the seven archery events that were Olympic. France and the Netherlands were the only other nations that competed, with France taking the remaining thirteen 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 36 entries over all 7 events.

Archer Events Score Rank
Hubert Van Innis Au Cordon Doré 33 metres Unknown 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Au Cordon Doré 50 metres 29 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Au Chapelet 33 metres Unknown 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Au Chapelet 50 metres Unknown 4
Championnat du Monde 16 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Emmanuel Foulon Sur la Perche à la Herse Unknown 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Émile Druart Unknown 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Louis Glineur Sur la Perche à la Pyramide Unknown 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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.

Cyclist Event Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Vincent Men's sprint Unknown 2 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance

Equestrian

Main article: Equestrian at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Belgium competed in the inaugural Olympic equestrian events, taking gold medals in 3 of 5 events. The names of 11 Belgian equestrians are unknown.

Rider Horse Events Final
Result Rank
Aimé Haegeman Benton II Jumping 2:16.0 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Georges Van Der Poele Windsor Squire 2:17.6 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Georges Kryn Unknown Unknown 4–37
Charles van Langhendonck Unknown DNF 4–37
Constant van Langhendonck Unknown Unknown 4–37
Between 3 and 6 other riders Unknown Unknown 4–37
Georges Van Der Poele Ludlow High jump 1.70 metres 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Charles van Langhendonck Roxanne Unknown 9–19
Constant van Langhendonck Black Fly Unknown 9–19
Up to 2 other riders Unknown Unknown 9–19
Constant van Langhendonck Extra Dry Long jump 6.1 metres 1st place, gold medalist(s)
van der Meulen Unknown Unknown 8
1 other rider Unknown Unknown 9–17
Georges Van Der Poele Unknown Hacks and hunter combined Unknown 5–51
Georges Chaudoir N/A Mail coach Unknown 5–31
Gaston Saint-Paul de Sinçay Unknown 5–31
Paul Lambert Unknown 5–31
Georges Nagelmackers Unknown 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Georges Nagelmackers Unknown 5–31
Orban Unknown 5–31
Georges Pauwels Unknown 5–31
Étienne van Zuylen van Nyevelt Unknown 5–31
Étienne van Zuylen van Nyevelt Unknown 5–31

Fencing

Main article: Fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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

Main article: Football at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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.

Summary
Team Event Match 1 Match 2 Place
Université de Bruxelles Men's football Bye Lost vs.
Club Français
6–2
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Match 2
Club Français France6–2Belgium Université de Bruxelles
Peltier 1'
 ?
Report Spanoghe
van Heuckelum
Vélodrome de Vincennes, Paris
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Jack Wood (Great Britain)
Roster

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
Gustave Pelgrims (c) Belgium Léopold Club de Bruxelles
Alphonse Renier Belgium Racing Club de Bruxelles
Hilaire Spanoghe 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

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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

Main article: Rowing at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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
Prosper Bruggeman
Maurice Hemelsoet
unknown cox
Men's coxed pair 7:00.4 3 Did not advance
Jules De Bisschop
Prosper Bruggeman
Oscar Dessomville
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 place, silver medalist(s)

Shooting

Main article: Shooting at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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 place, 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 place, 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
René Guyot Men's trap 17 2nd place, silver medalist(s)

Notes

  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.

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