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Arie de Jong

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 5
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameAdrianus Egbert Willem "Arie"•de Jong
Used nameArie•de Jong
Born21 June 1882 in Pelantungan (INA)
Died23 December 1966 in Den Haag (The Hague) (NED)
NOC(s) Netherlands

Biography

De Jong is without a doubt the best Dutch fencer of all time. An officer in the Dutch army, his fencing career spanned over three decades. He was the first person to compete in six Olympics, and no Dutch competitor has surpassed this total (although Eric Swinkels equalled it in 1996). Although he fenced with all three weapons, he excelled in the sabre, winning the first two World Championships in the event (1922 and 1923) and four of his five Olympic medals. He was close to winning the gold medal in the 1924 Olympic sabre competition, and leading eventual champion Posta (HUN) by three hits when an audience member fell through his chair. This distracted the jury, who failed to see De Jong’s decisive hit. Disrupted, De Jong lost his bout and eventually finished fifth. Between 1910 and 1928, De Jong won 18 Dutch titles – a record number (épée: 9, sabre: 6, foil: 3). Although he did not compete in many events after the Amsterdam Olympics, he did win the épéé event at the Military World Championships in 1936. After retiring from the army as a major (artillery), De Jong (born in the Dutch East Indies) took over management of an Indonesian restaurant in The Hague.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1906 Intercalated Games Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Intercalated AC p7 r1/3 Representing Netherlands    
  Épée, Individual, Men Intercalated AC p5 r1/3
  Épée, Team, Men Intercalated Netherlands =5
  Sabre, Individual, Men Intercalated AC p4 r1/3
  Sabre, Individual, Three Hits, Men Intercalated AC r2/2
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 9 Representing Netherlands    
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic =4 p3 r2/4
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands =5
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 4 p14 r1/4 Representing Netherlands    
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 3 p2 r3/4
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 Bronze
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 Bronze
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic =4 p4 r1/3 Representing Netherlands    
  Foil, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands =6
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic =8 p2 r3/4
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands =7
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 Bronze
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 5 p5 r2/5 Representing Netherlands    
  Foil, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 p3 r1/4
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 p3 r2/4
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 5
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands 3 Bronze
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 9 p4 r1/4 Representing Netherlands    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands =5
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 9
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Netherlands =5

Other participations

Games Role Details
1924 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Netherlands    

Special Notes