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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men Olympic 41 Representing Denmark    
  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 Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men Olympic 5 Representing Denmark    
  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 Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Denmark    
  Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team, Men Olympic Denmark 6

Olympic family relations

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