Charles Devendeville

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Désiré•Devendeville
Used nameCharles•Devendeville
Born8 March 1882 in Lesquin, Nord (FRA)
Died19 September 1914 in Reims (Rheims), Marne (FRA)
AffiliationsTritons Lillois, Lille (FRA)
NOC France
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Charles Devendeville competed in underwater swimming at the 1900 Paris Olympics, the only time that event has been contested at the Olympics, and won the competition. He also played water polo with Tritons Lillois #2. Devendeville was a house painter. He joined the Army in 1904, serving in the 1e Régiment d’Infanterie, but moved to the reserves in 1905, serving with the 151e Régiment d’Infanterie from 1908-14. When mobilized in 1914, Devendeville was returned to the 1e Régiment d’Infanterie, with whom he was fighting when he was killed at Reims in September 1914.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Charles Devendeville
Underwater Swimming, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Water Polo (Aquatics) FRA Charles Devendeville
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Tritons Lillois =5

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