Mouritius "Maurice" Prosper Peeters (5 May 1882 – 5 December 1957) was a track cyclist from the Netherlands, who represented his country at the two consecutive Summer Olympics (1920 and 1924).[1]

Maurice Peeters
Peeters after winning the 1km sprint at the 1920 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameMouritius Prosper Peeters
Born(1882-05-05)5 May 1882
Antwerp, Belgium
Died5 December 1957(1957-12-05) (aged 75)
Leidschendam, the Netherlands
Team information
Rider typeSprinter
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Men's track cycling
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp 1000 m sprint
Bronze medal – third place 1924 Paris 2000 m tandem

He was born in Antwerp, Belgium, but was raised in The Hague. He died in nearby Leidschendam.

In 1920, Peeters became amateur world champion in track cycling. One day later he rode the Olympic 1000 m sprint, and of course he was considered a favourite. He lost in the first round, but his second place was enough to progress to the next round. He then won the quarter final and the semi-final. In the final, he rode against two British cyclists, Harry Ryan and Tiny Johnson. They tried to make use of their numerical advantage, and Ryan attacked, so that Peeters had to get him back. In the final corner, Johnson should came around the corner to win the race, but Peeters was ahead and kept his lead.[2] After having won the gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp (1000 m sprint), making him the first Dutch individual Olympic champion, he captured the bronze medal four years later in the 2000 m tandem competition, alongside Gerard Bosch van Drakestein.[3]

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  1. ^ "Maurice Peeters Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ Description of the 1920 Olympic race Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Maurice Peeters". Olympedia. Retrieved 8 August 2021.

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