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Willem van Loon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWillem•van Loon
Used nameWillem•van Loon
Born15 August 1891 in Arnhem (NED)
Died29 November 1975 in Arnhem (NED)
AffiliationsAchilles, Arnhem (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Willem van Loon joined his brother Anton van Loon along with six other members of the Achilles Krachtsportvereniging to form a tug-of-war team. Having won the Dutch trials at Utrecht, the squad also competed in Antwerpen, from which they returned with second place. This result was in doubt for some time, as the Official Results listed both the Netherlands and the US as winning second place. This confusion was ended in 1968, when Henk Janssen presented his silver medal and associated Olympic diploma.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Tug-Of-War NED Willem van Loon
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 2 Silver

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