Hans Bourquin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHans•Bourquin
Used nameHans•Bourquin
Born30 May 1914
DiedNovember 1997 in Sion, Valais (SUI)
AffiliationsSeeclub Biel, Biel/Bienne (SUI)
NOC Switzerland
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Although barely 14-years-old Hans Bourquin coxed Swiss rowers Karl and Hans Schöchlin to the gold medal in the coxed pairs at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. At the time, Bourquin was among the youngest Olympic gold medalists.

In the opening round, France’s trio of Henri Préaux and brothers Armand and Édouard Marcelle emerged as contenders, and the Swiss were able to eke out a victory by only two-tenths of a second. With France defeating the Americans in the repêchage, the stage was set for a Switzerland-France rematch in the final, as these two nations were clearly superior to the rest of the field. Italy dropped out in the quarterfinals, however, essentially giving the Swiss team a walkover in the semifinals and allowing them to conserve their strength, while the French crew were forced to face the Belgians for a second time. Thus the final was more decisive, with an exhausted French trio unable to keep up with the Swiss, who captured the gold medal. Belgium took home bronze by default, having no one to compete against in a third-place race.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Rowing SUI Hans Bourquin
Coxed Pairs, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 1 Gold


Date of birth also seen as 16 October 1914, but the date of 30 May 1914 is from an autograph signed by the athlete.