Belgium at the 1928 Summer Olympics


Belgium competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 187 competitors, 176 men and 11 women, took part in 90 events in 15 sports.[1]

Belgium at the
1928 Summer Olympics
IOC codeBEL
NOCBelgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee
Websitewww.olympic.be (in Dutch and French)
in Amsterdam
Competitors187 (176 men, 11 women) in 15 sports
Medals
Ranked 29th
Gold
0
Silver
1
Bronze
2
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Medalists

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 SilverEdmond Spapen Wrestling Men's freestyle bantamweight 1 August
 BronzeLéonard Steyaert Boxing Men's middleweight 11 August
 BronzeGeorges Anthony,
François de Coninck, Léon Flament
Rowing Men's coxed pair 10 August

Athletics

32 athletes, 24 men and 8 women, represented Belgium in 1928. It was the nation's 5th appearance in the sport. It was the first time women's events were held in the sport.

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Paul Brochart 100 m Unknown 2 Q Unknown 5 Did not advance
Willy Dujardin 11.2 3 Did not advance
Adolphe Groscol Unknown 4 Did not advance
Fred Zinner Unknown 3 Did not advance
Paul Brochart 200 m Unknown 2 Q Unknown 3 Did not advance
Willy Dujardin Unknown 3 Did not advance
Adolphe Groscol 23.8 4 Did not advance
François Prinsen Unknown 3 Did not advance
Émile Langenraedt 400 m Unknown 3 Did not advance
François Prinsen Unknown 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
Gérald Bertheloot 800 m N/A Unknown 5 Did not advance
Philippe Coenjaerts Unknown 5 Did not advance
Julien Serwy 5000 m N/A DNF Did not advance
Julien Serwy 10,000 m N/A Unknown 18
René Joannes-Powell 110 m hurdles N/A Unknown 4 Did not advance
Armand Lepaffe Unknown 3 Did not advance
Émile Swinnen 400 m hurdles N/A Unknown 3 Did not advance
Jozef Langenus 3000 m steeplechase N/A Unknown 7 Did not advance
Edgard Viseur Unknown 5 Did not advance
4×100 m relay N/A Unknown 3 Did not advance
4×400 m relay N/A Unknown 5 Did not advance
Léon Broers Marathon N/A 2:44:37 18
Jean Linssen 2:58:08 42
Jean Marien 3:16:13 56
Gerard Steuers 2:54:48 37
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Maurice Henrijean Pole vault 3.50 10 Did not advance
René Joannes-Powell No height Did not advance
Gérard Noël 3.30 14 Did not advance
Auguste Vos Shot put 12.52 20 Did not advance
Fred Zinner Discus throw 34.35 32 Did not advance
Gaston Étienne Javelin throw 54.34 22 Did not advance
Jules Herremans 56.33 18 Did not advance
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Gaston Étienne Result 13.0 5.51 9.65 1.50 1:00.2 20.8 29.81 3.20 54.85 4:51.4 4577 23
Points 428 483 465 389 402 272 461 406 661 610
René Joannes-Powell Result 12.2 6.03 9.83 1.50 55.8 16.8 26.73 3.10 32.56 5:18.6 4780 25
Points 567 593 475 389 562 620 401 381 335 457
Gérard Noël Result 12.4 5.70 9.95 1.70 58.0 19.4 30.50 3.00 32.64 DNF 4106 27
Points 531 523 483 544 479 378 474 357 337 0
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Sidonie Verschueren 100 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
Ida Degrande 800 m N/A Unknown 5 Did not advance
Juliette Segers Unknown 6 Did not advance
4×100 m relay N/A Unknown 4 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Léontine Stevens High jump 1.40 1 Q 1.48 5
Elise Van Truyen 1.40 1 Q 1.40 14
Sidonie Verschueren 1.40 1 Q 1.40 14
Lucie Petit-Diagre Discus throw 25.28 20 Did not advance
Jenny Toitgans 24.40 21 Did not advance

Boxing

Two men represented Belgium in boxing in 1928. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. Both men reached the round of 16 (Sartos by winning his first bout, Anneet with a bye), but were defeated there.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / Bronze match
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Robert Sartos Men's flyweight  Hyman Miller (USA)
W points
 Carlo Covagnioli (ITA)
L points
Did not advance 9
Adrien Anneet Men's welterweight Bye  Cor Blommers (NED)
L points
Did not advance 9

Cycling

Eight cyclists, all men, represented Belgium in 1928. It was the nation's 6th appearance in the sport, in which Belgium had competed every time that Belgium had sent an Olympic team. For the first time since 1912, Belgium won no cycling medals.

Road

Cyclist Event Time Rank
Jean Aerts Men's road race 5:10:38 11
Jean Chaerels 5:16:05 24
Pierre Houdé 5:11:18 12
Jef Lowagie 5:11:54 13
Men's team road race 15:33:50 5

Track

Time trial
Cyclist Event Time Rank
Jean Aerts Men's time trial 1:18.6 9
Match races
Cyclist Event 1st Round Repechage 1 Repechage Final Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
Yves Van Massenhove Men's sprint 1 Q Bye 2 Did not advance
Men's team pursuit 1 Q N/A 2 Did not advance

Equestrian

Nine riders, all men, represented Belgium in the equestrian events in 1928. It was Belgium's 5th appearance in the sport; Belgium was one of 3 nations (along with France and the United States) to compete in every Olympic equestrian competition to date. For the second time in a row, Belgium won no medals.

Dressage
Athlete Horse Event Score Rank
Roger Delrue Dreypuss Dressage 146.14 29
Henri Laame Belga 167.70 27
Oswald Lints Rira-t-elle 185.86 24
  • Dreypuss
  • Belga
  • Rira-t-elle
Team dressage 449.70 8
Eventing
Athlete Horse Event Score Rank
Louis-Marie de Jonghe d'Ardoye Gigolo Eventing DNF
Louis Rousseaux Swang 1872.02 11
Georges Van der Ton Remember Erin DNF
  • Louis-Marie de Jonghe d'Ardoye
  • Louis Rousseaux
  • Georges Van der Ton
  • Gigolo
  • Swang
  • Remember Erin
Team eventing 1872.02 10
Jumping
Athlete Horse Event Final 1st re-ride 2nd re-ride
Time Penalties Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Rank
Baudoin De Brabandère Miss América Individual 2:29 3414 44 Did not advance
Gaston Mesmaekers As de Pique 1:37 14 35 Did not advance
Jacques Misonne Keepsake 2:04 16 38 Did not advance
  • Miss América
  • As de Pique
  • Keepsake
Team 6414 14 N/A

Fencing

21 fencers, 18 men and 3 women, represented Belgium in 1928. It was the nation's 6th appearance in the sport. Women fencers represented Belgium for the first time; Belgium had not had any entrants in the inaugural women's fencing competition in 1924. Belgium had three 4th-place finishes and four other final pool competitors, but won no medals. It was the first time since 1900 (Belgium's first appearance) that the nation failed to medal in the sport.

Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Charles Debeur Men's épée 5 wins 6 Q 5 wins 6 Q 4 wins 4 Q 3 wins 7
Charles Delporte 6 wins 3 Q 7 wins 5 Q 5 wins 3 Q 4 wins 6
Léon Tom 6 wins 1 Q 7 wins 2 Q 5 wins 2 Q 6 wins 4
Raymond Bru Men's foil N/A 4 wins 3 Q 5 wins 3 Q 7 wins 6
Albert De Roocker 4 wins 1 Q DNF Did not advance
Pierre Pêcher 5 wins 3 Q 2 wins 7 Did not advance
Edith Addams Women's foil N/A 3 wins 5 Did not advance
Jenny Addams 4 wins 3 Q 4 wins 4 Q 2 wins 6
Hilda Deswarte 2 wins 5 Did not advance
Henri Brasseur Men's sabre N/A 2 wins 2 Q 0 wins 8 Did not advance
Jacques Kesteloot 2 wins 3 Q 2 wins 8 Did not advance
Édouard Yves 2 wins 4 Did not advance
Men's team épée 1–0 1 Q 2–0 1 Q 2–1 2 Q 0–3 4
Men's team foil 2–1 2 Q 2–1 2 Q 1–0 1 Q 0–2–1 4
Men's team sabre N/A 1–0 1 Q 0–2 4 Did not advance

Football

Round of 16
Luxembourg 3–5 Belgium
Schutz  31'
Weisgerber  42'
Theissen  44'
Report R. Braine  9', 72'
Versyp  20'
Moeschal  23', 67'
Attendance: 5,834
Referee: Lorenzo Martínez (Argentina)
Quarterfinals
Argentina 6–3 Belgium
Tarasconi  1', 10', 75', 89'
Ferreira  4'
Orsi  81'
Report R. Braine  24'
Vanhalme  28'
Moeschal  53'
Attendance: 16,399
Referee: Achille Gama (Italy)
Consolation tournament, First round
Netherlands 3–1 Belgium
Ghering  4'
Smeets  6'
Tap  63'
Report P. Braine  85'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Achille Gama (Italy)

Hockey

Belgium competed in men's field hockey for the second time. The team, which had won bronze in the previous tournament in 1920, reached the bronze medal match in 1928. There, they lost to Germany and finished in 4th place.

Summary
Team Event Group Stage Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Rank
Belgium men's Men's tournament  India
L 9–0
  Switzerland
W 3–0
 Austria
W 4–0
 Denmark
W 1–0
2 QB  Germany
L 3–0
4

Men's tournament

Team roster

The following is the Belgium roster in the men's field hockey tournament of the 1928 Summer Olympics.[2]

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 4 4 0 0 26 0 +26 8 Gold medal match
2  Belgium 4 3 0 1 8 9 1 6 Bronze medal match
3  Denmark 4 2 0 2 5 8 3 4
4   Switzerland 4 1 0 3 2 11 9 2
5  Austria 4 0 0 4 1 14 13 0
Source: 1928 Official Report, p. 685
18 May 1928
India  9–0  Belgium
Seaman (2)
Marthins (1)
Khan (5)
Chand (1)
Umpires:
W. Simon (GER)
T. Evekink (NED)

20 May 1928
Belgium  3–0   Switzerland
Delheid (1)
Diercxsens (1)
Vercken (1)
Umpires:
A. Broese van Croenou (NED)
F. Schiff (NED)

22 May 1928
Belgium  4–0  Austria
Diercxsens (3)
Baudoux (1)
Umpires:
E. W. C. Ricketts (IND)
B. Turnbull (IND)

24 May 1928
Denmark  0–1  Belgium
Seeldrayers  60'
Umpires:
W. Simon (GER)
R. Be-Cavin (SUI)
Bronze match
26 May 1928
Germany  3–0  Belgium
Haag  ?', ?', ?'
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam

Attendance: 23,400
Umpires:
B. Turnbull (IND)
W. C. Ricketts (IND)

Modern pentathlon

Belgium had the maximum number of pentathletes, three men, in 1928. It was the nation's 2nd appearance in the sport.

Pentathlete Event Shooting Swimming Fencing Running Equestrian Total
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Score Rank
Charles Cumont Men's individual 29 31 28 36 20 144 35
Édouard Écuyer de le Court 27 14 12 25 33 111 27
Charles Vannerom 25 27 26 34 23 135 32

Rowing

21 men represented Belgium in rowing in 1928. It was the nation's 6th appearance in the sport, matching Canada and Great Britain for the most. Belgium entered boats in 6 of the 7 events. None of the boats reached the final in its event, but the coxed pair boat won a bronze medal by being one of the three boats to reach the semifinals. It was Belgium's first medal in the sport since 1912.

Rower Event Round 1 Repechage 1 Round 2 Repechage 2 Round 3 Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jacques Mottard Men's single sculls 8:14.8 2 R 8:17.0 2 Did not advance
Men's coxless pair 8:15.0 2 R 8:36.4 2 Did not advance N/A Did not advance
Men's double sculls 8:05.6 2 R 7:56.6 2 Did not advance
Men's coxed pair 8:58.4 1 Q Bye 8:02.4 2 R Walkover 1 Q N/A 7:59.4 2 () Did not advance
Men's coxed four 7:41.8 1 Q Bye 7:55.4 1 Q Bye 7:30.2 2 Did not advance
Men's eight 6:47.0 1 R 6:47.8 2 Did not advance

Sailing

6 men represented Belgium in sailing in 1928. It was the nation's 4th appearance in the sport. Belgium had boats in 2 of the 3 events.

Dinghy
Sailor Event Preliminary series Net points Prelim rank Final series Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Léon Huybrechts 12' Dinghy 2 10 RET 4 9 DQ 25 12 Did not advance
6 metre and 8 metre classes
Sailor Event 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Results Rank
6 Metre 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 2 × 2nd 5

Swimming

Five men represented Belgium in swimming in 1928. It was the nation's 6th appearance in the sport, in which Belgium competed each time Belgium had appeared at the Summer Olympics. None of the Belgian swimmers reached the finals of their events.

Swimmer Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Martial van Schelle Men's 100 m freestyle Unknown 5 Did not advance
Gérard Blitz Men's 100 m backstroke 1:18.8 2 Q DNS Did not advance
Joseph De Combe Men's 200 m breaststroke DNF Did not advance
Louis Van Parijs 3:00.0 3 Did not advance
Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay N/A Unknown 5 Did not advance

Water polo

Belgium competed in men's water polo for the 6th time. For the first time, Belgium failed to win a medal; the team fell to eventual gold medalist Germany in the quarterfinals.

Summary
Team Event Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Belgium men's Men's tournament  Ireland
W 11–1
 Germany
L 5–3
Did not advance 5

Men's tournament

Team roster

The following is the Belgian roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 1928 Summer Olympics.[3]

Head coach:

No. Pos. Player DoB Age Caps Club Tournament
games
Tournament
goals
René Bauwens11 March 189434?22
F. Bettens?00
Gérard Blitz1 August 190127?20
GKJules Brandeleer?20
Pierre Coppieters24 June 190721?26
Henri De Pauw26 February 191117?13
Joseph Malissart?11
André Mélardy?11
J. J. Tensen?00
Louis Van Gheem?21
Fernand Visser?10
Round of 16
5 August 1928
OR p. 808 Belgium  111  Ireland Amsterdam
Referees:
R. Morberger (AUT)
Scoring by half: 6–0, 5–1
Quarterfinals
6 August 1928
OR p. 811 Belgium  35  Germany Amsterdam
Referees:
J. Hodgson (GBR)
Scoring by half: 2–0, 1–3 OT: 0–2

Weightlifting

Eight men represented Belgium in weightlifting in 1928. It was the nation's 3rd appearance in the sport.

Lifter Event Press Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Albert Maes Men's −60 kg 72.5 12 75 14 100 13 247.5 16
Ferdinand Renier 72.5 12 77.5 12 105 8 255 11
J. Adriaenssens Men's −67.5 kg DNF
V. Van Hamme 77.5 10 80 11 105 12 262.5 12
M. Van der Goten Men's −75 kg 77.5 18 87.5 11 115 9 280 11
Jan Van Rompaey 92.5 4 85 12 115 9 292.5 8
Jules Van Der Goten Men's −82.5 kg 80 12 92.5 12 120 12 292.5 13
Marcel Panen Men's +82.5 kg 85 16 85 16 115 15 280 15

Wrestling

13 men represented Belgium in wrestling in 1928. Belgium was one of 3 nations (along with Finland and France) to have a wrestler in each event. It was the nation's 5th appearance in the sport. Spapen won Belgium's only wrestling medal in 1928, a silver.

Freestyle
Athlete Event Gold medal rounds Silver medal rounds Bronze medal rounds Rank
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Final Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Edmond Spapen Men's bantamweight N/A  Trifunov (CAN)
W
 Mäkinen (FIN)
L
Did not advance Bye  Sansum (GBR)
W
Already ranked
Pierre Bressinck Men's featherweight Bye  Morrison (USA)
L
Did not advance  Minder (SUI)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 5
Jean Smet Men's lightweight Bye  Nilsen (NOR)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 8
Hyacinthe Roosen Men's welterweight  Jacobsen (DEN)
W
 Letchford (CAN)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 7
Louis Van Der Herten Men's middleweight Bye  Hammonds (USA)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 8
Jacques Van Assche Men's light heavyweight N/A  Rowe (GBR)
W
 Edwards (USA)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 5
Léon Charlier Men's heavyweight N/A  Wernli (SUI)
L
Did not advance Not qualified 6
Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Rank
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Pierre Mollin Men's bantamweight Bye  Ahlfors (FIN)
L Fall 3pts
 Gozzi (ITA)
L Fall 6pts
Did not advance N/A 9
Jacques Dillen Men's featherweight  Meyer (DEN)
W Decision 1pt
 Egeberg (NOR)
W Decision 2pts
 Steinig (GER)
L Decision 5pts
Did not advance 9
Frits Janssens Men's lightweight  Parisel (FRA)
W Fall 0pts
 Borges (DEN)
W Decision 1pt
 Sperling (GER)
L Fall 4pts
 Massop (NED)
L Fall 7pts
Did not advance 8
Jean Saenen Men's middleweight  Poilvé (FRA)
W Decision 1pt
 Balkema (NED)
W Fall 1pt
 Papp (HUN)
L Fall 4pts
 Baytorun (TUR)
W Fall 4pts
 Kusnets (EST)
L Fall 7pts
Did not advance N/A 5
Nicolas Appels Men's light heavyweight  Moustafa (EGY)
L Fall 3pts
 Clody (FRA)
W Fall 3pts
 Vávra (TCH)
W Fall 3pts
Bye  Rieger (GER)
L Fall 6pts
Did not advance N/A 4
Gustave Colpaert Men's heavyweight  Urban (TCH)
L Fall 3pts
 Donati (ITA)
L Fall 6pts
Did not advance N/A 11

Art competitions

References

  1. "Belgium at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  2. 1928 Official Report.
  3. Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 30 September 2008.