Jacques van Egmond

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJacobus Johannes "Jacques"•van Egmond
Used nameJacques•van Egmond
Nick/petnamesDe Lange, De Locomotief
Born17 February 1908 in Haarlem (NED)
Died9 January 1969 in Haarlem (NED)
Measurements193 cm
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Inspired by the 1928 Olympics to take up sports, Jacques van Egmond first started out as a track runner. It soon became clear he was more talented as a cyclist, and he won his first national sprint title (amateur) in 1931. The following year, he retained that title and won the prestigious København (Copenhagen) Grand Prix, making him one of the favorites for the Olympics. In the Olympic final, he bested Louis Chaillon after losing the first heat. He also entered the time trial (silver) and the tandem, where he had to forfeit the bronze medal match due to fatigue. Van Egmond performed poorly in the World Championships later that year – being eliminated in the heats – but made up for that by winning the 1933 title. He started competing professionally in 1934, winning Dutch pro sprint titles from 1934-36. Later in his career, he also competed in the pursuit event, placing third in the 1940 Dutch championships. In 1938, he started a grocery store, but later switched to running a laundromat. In 1954 he opened Café van Egmond in his hometown of Haarlem. Since Jacques’ death in 1969, the café has been run by his son Paul, a former professional football player for Telstar and the Dutch U23 squad.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Jacques van Egmond
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,000 metres Time Trial, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Tandem Sprint, 2,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Bernard Leene 4