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Michel Knuysen

Full name: Michel Jules Lodewijk Knuysen
Gender: Male
Born: October 25, 1929 in Wijnegem, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: May 6, 2013 in Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
Affiliations: ARV, Antwerpen (BEL)
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

In the 1950s, Michel Knuysen formed a successful rowing couple with Bob Baetens. In 1951, the two claimed the European crown in the coxless pairs in Macon, France. They were again the best European couple at the Helsinki Olympics, but had to contend with second place, behind the US duo of Charlie Logg and Tom Price. In 1953 and 1955, Knuysen and Baetens claimed silver at the Europeans, finishing behind the Soviet boat of Igor Buldakov and Viktor Ivanov on both occasions. At the 1956 Europeans, the Belgian pair went home with a bronze medal, but this proved no omen for the Melbourne Games, where they were eliminated in the heats. Following his sports career, Knuysen managed a sail making company.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Belgium BEL 2 Silver
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs Belgium BEL 3 h1 r2/4

Men's Coxless Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Belgium BEL Bob Baetens Final 8:23.5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Belgium BEL Bob Baetens Semi-Final Repêchage Heat Two 7:35.0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Belgium BEL Bob Baetens Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:22.8
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Rowing Belgium BEL Bob Baetens Round One Heat One 7:48.9
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Rowing Belgium BEL Bob Baetens Round One Heat Two 7:45.6
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