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Maurice Schillès

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMaurice Auguste•Schillès
Used nameMaurice•Schillès
Born25 February 1888 in Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine (FRA)
Died20 December 1957 in Paris, Paris (FRA)
Measurements188 cm / 83 kg
AffiliationsParis Jean-Bouin, Paris (FRA)
NOC France

Biography

After performing well in the Southern Counties Cycle Union meeting and the NCU Championships in in 1908, Frenchman Maurice Schillès stayed on in England to prepare for the Olympic Games. The plan worked, as he won the gold medal in the tandem, and silver in the 5000 metres. The following year he finished third in the sprint at the World Championships.

A mechanic, and builder of lightweight bikes, he started racing in 1905, and in 1907 won the first of many Paris Championships. Despite a long career that saw him racing beyond his 40th birthday, Schillès won only one National title, in 1923, but kept trying to add to that total up to his final attempt in 1928, when he finished third. Schillès competed at two other World Championships, in 1924 and 1925, finishing third and second, respectively in the sprint. An all-round sportsman, Schillès was also a good swimmer, boxer and runner.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) FRA Maurice Schillès
Sprint, Men (Olympic) AC h5 r1/3
Sprint, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) André Auffray 1 Gold
Team Pursuit, 1,980 yards, Men (Olympic) France 5
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Errata

DOD & POD previously given as 24 December 1957 in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, but our current data comes from his birth certificate.