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Léon Moreaux

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 0 2
Silver 1 1
Bronze 1 2
Total 2 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameLéon Ernest•Moreaux
Used nameLéon•Moreaux
Born10 March 1852 in Féron, Nord (FRA)
Died11 November 1921 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine (FRA)
NOC France

Biography

An all-around marksman, Léon Moreaux was a notable shooter with both rifles and handguns. Competing in three Olympic Games, he earned a total of seven Olympic medals. At the 1906 Intercalated Games, he won gold in both the dueling pistol and the military rifle to mark his versatility. In shooting World Championships, Moreaux also fared well. Not counting the two medals at the Paris Games (which doubled as World Championships), he won 18 medals, including two world titles. These both came in 1898, when he won he team free rifle event with France, and the free rifle prone competition. At the same tournament, he also came second in the free rifle overall and standing competitions, and came third in the kneeling ranking. Curiously, Moreaux has also won seven bronze medals in the team free pistol event (1902, 1904-1909). His last World Championship medal came in 1911, when he ranked third in the army rifle prone competition. Despite being aged 62 when the First World War broke out, the artillery soldier from Rennes enlisted for service in 1914, and survived the war, later being made an officer in the Legion of Honor.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Shooting FRA Léon Moreaux
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) =7
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) France 2 Silver
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =11
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) France 3 Bronze
Free Rifle, Kneeling, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =17
Free Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Free Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) =17
Trap, Men (Olympic) =15
1906 Intercalated Games Shooting FRA Léon Moreaux
Free Pistol, 25 metres, Men (Intercalated) 2 Silver
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Intercalated) 19
Military Revolver, 1873-1874 Gras Model, 20 metres, Men (Intercalated) 16
Military Revolver, 20 metres, Men (Intercalated) 5
Dueling Pistol Au Visé 20 metres, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
Dueling Pistol Au Commandement, 25 metres, Men (Intercalated) 6
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Intercalated) France 3 Bronze
Free Rifle, Any Position, 300 metres, Men (Intercalated) 3 Bronze
Military Rifle, 1873-1874 Gras Model, Kneeling Or Standing, 200 metres, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
Military Rifle, Kneeling Or Standing, 300 metres, Men (Intercalated) 4
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting FRA Léon Moreaux
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Men (Olympic) 17
Free Pistol, 50 yards, Team, Men (Olympic) France 4
Free Rifle, 1,000 yards, Men (Olympic) 39

Special Notes

Errata

YOB also seen as 1862, but French military records have 1852.