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Leo Peelen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLeopoldus Eduardus Theoduris "Leo"•Peelen
Used nameLeo•Peelen
Born16 July 1968 in Arnhem (NED)
Died24 March 2017 in Apeldoorn (NED)
Measurements195 cm / 85 kg
NOC Netherlands


Track cyclist Leo Peelen specialized in endurance, and had won medals and titles at various junior levels before becoming a senior. He had failed to qualify directly for the Seoul points race - his best event - but was able to compete anyway due to being entered in the Dutch team pursuit squad. In that 1988 Olympic points race, he and Dan Frost lapped the field, setting them up for the podium, with Peelen taking the silver medal behind the Dane. In 1989, Peelen would win a second international medal, placing third in the points race at the World Championships. Retiring from the sport in 1991, he remained involved in cycling, as a mental coach and an official with the Dutch cycling federation. At age 48, he was suddenly found dead in the halls of the indoor track of Apeldoorn, shortly after participating in a track cycling clinic.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Leo Peelen
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 12 r1/4
Points Race, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver