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Niels Larsen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameNiels Hansen Ditlev•Larsen
Used nameNiels•Larsen
Born21 November 1889 in Horsens (DEN)
Died15 November 1969 in Otterup, Nordfyn (DEN)
AffiliationsKøbenhavn/Otterup
NOC Denmark

Biography

In 1916, Niels Ditlev Larsen married Ellen, the daughter of Olympian Hans Christian Schultz. In 1910 Larsen began work as a gunsmith in Schultz’ arms factory, which existed as Schultz & Larsen until 1994. Larsen started shooting at Horsens Skyttekreds as a boy. At age 22, he participated in his first international competition in Roma, and later competed at the World Championships in 1929-1931, 1935, 1937 and 1939, but he never won a world medal.

Larsen was a three-time Danish champion – 1919 and 1942 with the 50 m free rifle and in 1932 in free pistol. Between 1913 and 1927 he won eight Danish Challenge Trophies for rifle shooting, usually termed the Margrethe Chain. With one gold, one silver and three bronze medals, Larsen was the most successful Danish shooter at the 1912-24 Olympics. His son Uffe Schultz Larsen competed in shooting in four Olympics from 1948-60.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting DEN Niels Larsen
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 41
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 3 Bronze
Military Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 63
Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 8
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting DEN Niels Larsen
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 8
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 5
Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 13
Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 1 Gold
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting DEN Niels Larsen
Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Denmark 6

Olympic family relations

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