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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic =5 p1 r2/4 Representing Belgium    
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 7
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Belgium =5
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Team, Men Olympic Belgium =6 Representing Belgium    
  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 Épée, Individual, Men Olympic =7 Representing Belgium    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Belgium 2 Silver
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Belgium 3 p1 r2/4
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 4 Representing Belgium    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Belgium 4
1928 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Four/Five, Men Olympic Belgium 1 6 Representing Belgium    

Special Notes

Research notes

He was still alive in November 1958 and living at 36 Central Park South in New York City when he brought a law suit against his upstairs neighbor for operating a noisy dance studio in the floor above him according to an article in the 20 November 1958 issue of The Ithaca Journal. A family tree says that he died “about 1960” in New York City but provides no documentation for this.

Created: George Masin at December 13, 2019 19:48, Last edited: George Masin at December 13, 2019 19:48