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Teun Beijnen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAnthonie Christiaan "Teun"•Beijnen
Used nameTeun•Beijnen
Born13 June 1899 in Ophemert (NED)
Died13 July 1949 in Beusichem (NED)
AffiliationsLaga, Delft (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Together with Willy Rösingh, Teun Beijnen competed in the coxless pairs at the Paris Olympics. Despite the fact that only three boats had entered, the officials decide to waste everybody’s time by staging both preliminaries and repêchages, even though all boats qualified for the final. The Dutch boat rowed over without opposition, and qualified for the final. Because the British did not show in the final, the Dutch boat only faced the French, eventually winning the race by a length. Rösingh and Beijnen proved their worth a few weeks later, winning the coxed pairs at the European Championships, while placing second in the coxless pairs. Beynen then switched to the eights, winning a second European title in 1926 (after silver a year earlier). In 1923, he had also won a European silver medal in the coxed fours, making Beynen the most successful pre-WWII rower in the Netherlands. After his rowing activities, car fanatic Beijnen competed twice in the Rallye Monte Carlo. He married an opera singer, and owned several companies, including a distillery and a timbermill. During the war, Beijnen was involved in the local resistance movement of his residence Beusichem. A life-long smoker, Beijnen died of heart failure at age 50.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Rowing NED Teun Beijnen
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Willy Rösingh 1 Gold
1928 Summer Olympics Rowing NED Teun Beijnen
Eights, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 2 h4 r3/7

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1924 Summer Olympics 17 July 1924 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Final Round 8:19.4 1