Fernand Feyaerts

Fernand Feyearts (1880 – 11 July 1927) was a Belgian swimmer and water polo player who competed for Belgium at the 1900 Summer Olympics and the 1908 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in each.[1]

Fernand Feyaerts
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Medal record
Men's Water Polo
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1908 London Team competition

Between 1898-1900, Feyearts was one of the main people responsible for the development of water polo in Belgium,[2] and in 1900, his club the Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club, traveled to Paris, France, to compete in the 1900 Summer Olympics, after beating French clubs in the first two rounds, his team met the Osbourne Swimming Club who were representing Great Britain in the final, but unfortunately in front of 5000 spectators they lost 2-7, so he won a silver medal.[3]

Feyearts was back at the Olympics eight years later competing for Belgium, at the 1908 Summer Olympics being held in London, in the first round Belgium beat the Netherlands 8-1, with Feyearts scoring six of those goals,[1] in the next round they beat Sweden 8-4, with Feyearts scoring another point, so again they had reached the final and again they were against Great Britain, but again he had to settle for silver medal as they were beaten 2-9, Feyearts scored again and was the tournaments top scorer.[4]

Feyearts also competed in the 100 metre freestyle at the 1900 Summer Olympics, but failed to finish in the top two, so didn't qualify for the next round.[5]

Feyearts became a volunteer during World War I, but in 1917 he was severely wounded and ten years later died of those injuries in 1927.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Fernand Feyaerts". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ "A Short History of Water Polo" (PDF). swimhistory.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. ^ "1900 - Olympic Games in Paris". h2opolo.be. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "1908 - London Olympics". h2opolo.be. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Swimming at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2017.