Toon Geurts

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAntonius Johannes "Toon"•Geurts
Used nameToon•Geurts
Born29 February 1932 in Veldhoven (NED)
Died5 October 2017 in Veldhoven (NED)
Measurements182 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsBeatrix, Eindhoven (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Toon Geurts started kayaking as a teenager, having made his own boat from abandoned material at the military airfield. He then bought a proper kayak for recreational use, and started racing in 1952. His best event was the 10 km, but the distance events were discontinued from the Olympics after 1956. He nevertheless débuted at the Games in 1960, the first of three Olympics. Geurts would contest four Olympic finals, including three consecutive appearances in the K2 1,000 m final. In 1964, he placed second with Paul Hoekstra, equalling the best Dutch Olympic canoeing performance. In 1961, Geurts had also won an international medal in the K1 10,000 m at the European Championships. Retiring from active sports after the Mexico City Olympics, Geurts became team leader of the Dutch team, which he remained through the 1980s. Geurts worked as a machinist at Philips in Eindhoven for well over 40 years.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) NED Toon Geurts
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Ruud Knuppe 7
Kayak Relay, 4 × 500 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 3 h1 r3/4
1964 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) NED Toon Geurts
Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Paul Hoekstra 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) NED Toon Geurts
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Paul Hoekstra 4
Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 4 h1 r3/4

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