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Philip Freylinck

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePhilipus Thomas "Philip"•Freylinck
Used namePhilip•Freylinck
Born9 April 1886 in Graaff-Reinet (RSA)
Died15 December 1908 in Johannesburg (RSA)
NOC South Africa


The highlight of Philip Freylinck’s brief cycling career was the 1908 Summer Olympics, where he represented South Africa (then the Cape Colony) in four events – the 660 yard and 1000 metre sprints, the 2000 metre tandem sprint (with Floris Venter) and the 5000 metres – and was eliminated in the opening round every time. He committed suicide shortly after his appearance at the Games – according to a notice printed in The African World on January 9, 1909, “He was sitting on the side of his bed by his wife, in their house, when suddenly he pulled revolver from his pocket, and, placing it to his ear, fired, shattering the side of his head. He died two hours later.”


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) RSA Philip Freylinck
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 3 h16 r1/3
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 2 h8 r1/3
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Floris Venter 2 h5 r1/3
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h3 r1/2

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