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Léon Tom

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLéon•Tom
Used nameLéon•Tom
Born25 October 1888 in Antwerpen (Antwerp) (BEL)
Measurements180 cm / 82 kg
NOC Belgium

Biography

Léon Tom was a top fencer for two decades, particularly with the épée. He won two Olympic silver medals with the Belgian épée team (1920, 1924) and in 1930 the inaugural title in the European Championships (which were the top event for lack of World Championships). Individually, he also won bronze medals at the European Championships of 1922 (sabre) and 1926 (épée), while earning four individual top 10 positions in the four Olympics in which he competed. In 1928 Tom, an officer in the army, also competed in the bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. In 1940, Tom, who was Jewish, escaped Belgium for Portugal and then sailed to the United States on the SS Excambion on 13 December 1940. He later lived in Manhattan and was a self-employed diamond broker.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing BEL Léon Tom
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) =5 p1 r2/4
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 7
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium =5
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing BEL Léon Tom
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium =6
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 7 p6 r1/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium 2 Silver
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium 4
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing BEL Léon Tom
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) =7
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium 2 Silver
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium 3 p1 r2/4
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing BEL Léon Tom
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Belgium 4
1928 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) BEL Léon Tom
Four/Five, Men (Olympic) Belgium 1 6

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