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André Nelis

Full name: André Nelis
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: October 29, 1935 in Borgerhout, Antwerpen, Belgium
Died: December 9, 2012 in Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

André Nelis ranks as one of the all-time best Belgian sailors. Sailing in the Finn class, his greatest opponent was four-time Olympic champion Paul Elvstrøm of Denmark. Nelis defeated him in the inaugural 1956 Finn Gold Cup - which has World Championship status for the Finn class - but lost the Olympic gold to him later in the year in Melbourne. Elvstrøm also beat the Belgian in the 1958 and 1959 Gold Cup, the 1960 European Championships and the 1960 Olympics. But Nelis' prize cabinet features two Finn Gold Cups (1956, 1961), one European title (1957) and nine additional medals, including two from the Olympics (silver in Melbourne and bronze in Rome).

During the later years of his racing career, Nelis started building boats based on his winning yacht, named HVM Finn. He later turned to sail making, first with Dutch outfit Gaastra, later opening his own company in Antwerp. A fire ravaged his company in 1984, along with his two Olympic medals. Fellow Belgian sailor and IOC president Jacques Rogge presented him with replacements 25 years later.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Belgium BEL 2 Silver
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Belgium BEL 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Mixed One Person Dinghy Belgium BEL 10

Mixed One Person Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Final Standings 2 6,254
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race One 6 624 3-32:30
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Two 1 1,402 3-38:03
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Three AC DNF
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Four 2 1,101 3-16:39
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Five 2 1,101 3-30:54
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Six 3 925 3-27:35
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Sailing Belgium Race Seven 2 1,101 3-21:45
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Final Standings 3 5,934
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race One 2 1,344 1-48:23
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Two 2 1,344 2-05:10
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Three 12 566 1-44:20
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Four 24 265 2-19:36
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Five 3 1,168 1-52:49
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Six 15 469 1-56:25
1960 Summer 24 Roma Sailing Belgium Race Seven 4 1,043 1-51:55
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Final Standings 10 4,210
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race One 23 258 2-21:36
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Two 14 473 2-10:14
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Three 7 774 1-54:44
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Four 2 1,318 1-42:42
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Five 12 540 1-39:32
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Six 8 716 1-48:42
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Sailing Belgium Race Seven 17 389 1-53:15
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