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Gérard Blitz

Full name: Gérard Blitz, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: August 1, 1901 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: March 8, 1979 in Ganshoren, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Water Polo, Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of Maurice Blitz.

Medals: 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Gérard Blitz competed at four Olympics Games as a swimmer and water polo player, appearing four times in water polo and three times in swimming. Blitz won four Olympic medals, three in water polo in 1920, 1924, and 1936, and adding a bronze in the 1920 100 metre backstroke swimming. In 1921 Blitz set a world record of 5:59.2 for the 400 metre backstroke, a mark which lasted until 1927. A Jewish athlete, he was one of the few Jews to win a medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Gérard Blitz was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1990.

Blitz’s older brother, Maurice Blitz, competed alongside Gérard in water polo at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, winning silver medals both times. Maurice later became an international referee, conducting the Olympic final in 1932, and was a member of the Belgian Olympic Committee and swimming federation. Maurice Blitz’s son, also Gérard Blitz, never competed at the Olympics, but became known during World War II as a resistance fighter with the French Resistance. After the war, Gérard Blitz became famous when he founded a vacation resort named Club Méditerranée, opening the first resort on Majorca, which later became franchised with the name shortened to Club Med. Gérard Blitz, the younger, also studied yoga, and became secretary and then president of the European Union of Yoga from 1974 until his death in 1990.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Water Polo Men's Water Polo Belgium BEL 2 Silver
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Belgium BEL 7 h4 r1/4
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Belgium BEL 3 h2 r1/2
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Belgium BEL 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo Belgium BEL 2 Silver
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Belgium BEL 4
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo Belgium BEL 5T
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Belgium BEL 5 h2 r1/2
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Belgium BEL 2 h3 r1/3
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Men's Water Polo Belgium BEL 3 Bronze

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Water Polo Belgium BEL Final Round Match 1/2 2 1920-08-27 GBR 3, BEL 2 0
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Water Polo Belgium BEL Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-26 BEL 5, SWE 3 3
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Water Polo Belgium BEL Consolation Round Match #2 1 1920-08-28 BEL 7, USA 2
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Belgium BEL Final Round Match 1/2 2 1924-07-17 FRA 3, BEL 0 0
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Belgium BEL Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-07-15 BEL 7, HUN 2 0
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Belgium BEL Consolation Round Match #1 1 1924-07-18 BEL 4, SWE 3 0
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Belgium BEL Consolation Round Match #3 1 1924-07-19 BEL 2, USA 1 1
1924 Summer 22 Paris Water Polo Belgium BEL Consolation Round Match #4 1 1924-07-20 BEL 2, USA 1 0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Water Polo Belgium BEL Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1928-08-06 GER 5, BEL 3 0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Water Polo Belgium BEL Round One Match #5 1 1928-08-05 BEL 11, IRL 1 0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Water Polo Belgium BEL Third-Place Tournament Match #1 2 1928-08-08 NED 3, BEL 2 0
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Final Round Match #1 1 1936-08-14 BEL 3, FRA 1
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Final Round Match #3 2 1936-08-15 GER 4, BEL 1 1
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Group A Match #2 2 1936-08-11 HUN 3, BEL 0 0
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Group A Match #3 1 1936-08-12 BEL 6, GBR 1
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Group A Match #1 1 1936-08-08 BEL 1, URU 0 1
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Group A Match #4 1T 1936-08-09 NED 1, BEL 1 0
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Water Polo Belgium BEL Group A Match #6 1 1936-08-10 BEL 4, USA 3

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Belgium Round One Heat Four 7

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Belgium BEL Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 11:12.2
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Belgium BEL Round One Heat Two 5

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Belgium Final 3 1:19.0
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Belgium Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:18.6
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Belgium Final 4 1:19.6
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Belgium Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:19.0
1924 Summer 22 Paris Swimming Belgium Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:19.0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Swimming Belgium Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:18.8
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