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Maurice Peeters

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMouritius Prosper "Maurice"•Peeters
Used nameMaurice•Peeters
Born5 May 1882 in Antwerpen (Antwerp) (BEL)
Died6 December 1957 in Leidschendam (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Maurice Peeters was born in Antwerpen in Belgium, but grew up in Den Haag in The Netherlands, obtaining Dutch nationality on 12 June 1908. He only started cycling competitively at the age of 34. Just one day before his Olympic victory he won the World Amateur Championship and was the heavy favorite for the sprint. In the turbulent final he defeated two Britons, who worked as a team against him. In the same year Peeters also won the Grand Prix de Paris and in 1922 placed second at the Worlds. His last major success came in 1924 with the Paris bronze medal in the tandem together with Gerard Bosch van Drakestein. Peeters was known to have a cognac before each race, but before the Olympic tandem final, he emptied the entire bottle, which explained his strange performance and the fact that he was grinning and smiling strangely after the race. Peeters was a four-time Dutch amateur champion in the sprint (1918-20, 1922).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Maurice Peeters
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 6
1924 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Maurice Peeters
Sprint, Men (Olympic) AC h1 r4/6
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 3 Bronze