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Teun Beijnen

Full name: Anthonie Christiaan "Teun" Beijnen
Gender: Male
Born: June 13, 1899 in Ophemert, Gelderland, Netherlands
Died: July 13, 1949 in Beusichem, Gelderland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Laga, Delft (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Together with Willy Rösingh, Teun Beijnen competed in the coxless pairs at the Paris Olympics. Despite the fact that only three boats had entered, the officials decide to waste everybody's time by staging both preliminaries and repêchages, even though all boats qualified for the final. The Dutch boat rowed over without opposition, and qualified for the final. Because the British did not show in the final, the Dutch boat only faced the French, eventually winning the race by a length. Rösingh and Beijnen proved their worth a few weeks later, winning the coxed pairs at the European Championships, while placing second in the coxless pairs. Beynen then switched to the eights, winning a second European title in 1926 (after silver a year earlier). In 1923, he had also won a European silver medal in the coxed fours, making Beynen the most successful pre-WWII rower in the Netherlands. After his rowing activities, car fanatic Beijnen competed twice in the Rallye Monte Carlo. He married an opera singer, and owned several companies, including a distillery and a timbermill. During the war, Beijnen was involved in the local resistance movement of his residence Beusichem. A life-long smoker, Beijnen died of heart failure at age 50.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 24 Paris Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Netherlands NED 1 Gold
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Netherlands NED 2 h4 r3/7

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1924 Summer 24 Paris Rowing Netherlands NED Willy Rösingh Final Round 8:19.4
1924 Summer 24 Paris Rowing Netherlands NED Willy Rösingh Round One Heat Two 10:02.0

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Rowing Netherlands NED Round Two Heat Four 6:59.0
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Rowing Netherlands NED Round One Repêchage Heat One 6:47.4
1928 Summer 28 Amsterdam Rowing Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 6:42.8
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