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Joseph Pletincx

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameJoseph•Pletincx
Used nameJoseph•Pletincx
Born13 June 1888
Died1971
AffiliationsCNB, Bruxelles (BEL)
NOC(s) Belgium

Biography

Joseph Pletincx is one of the few water polo players to have won medals at four consecutive Olympics (1908-1924), three silver and one bronze. His name is variably spelled Pletincx or Pletinckx, but Pletincx is on his birth certificate. In 1926 he was captain of the Belgian team that won the first European Championship in water polo. With his club Cercle de Natation de Bruxelles, Pletincx was a 13-time Belgian champion and won another 13 national titles in swimming over various distances between 400 and 1,200 m. After his active career, he stayed connected with the swimming sport as a coach and official. In 1988 Pletincx was the first swimmer from Belgium to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1908 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Belgium 2 Silver Representing Belgium    
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing Belgium    
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Belgium 3 Bronze
1920 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Belgium 2 Silver Representing Belgium    
1924 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Belgium 2 Silver Representing Belgium