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Léon Flameng

Full name: Marie Léon Flameng
Gender: Male
Born: April 30, 1877 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1917 in Ève, Oise, France
Affiliations: Association Vélocipédique Internationale , (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Together with [Paul Masson], Léon Flameng dominated the 1896 Olympic cycling events. He won the 100 km, in which Masson did not compete, but served as a pacemaker for Flameng, who won that race fairly easy, while riding with a French flag tied around his leg. Masson had defeated Flameng earlier in the sprint and the 10 km track races. Léon Flameng had achieved some measure of fame as a cyclist in August 1895, when he cycled 3,000 km. across France, in his own personal Tour de France. He never placed at the World Championships.

Flameng fought for France in World War I as a sergeant-pilot, initially with the 8e Regiment Artillery, and then with the 2e Aviation Group. He received his pilot’s license in January 1916. Later that year his plane was attacked and his observer killed, but Flameng, although wounded, managed to land the plane. He was transferred to a military hospital for treatment of his wounds, and returned to service in September 1916. On 2 January 1917 his plane’s engine failed. Flameng jumped from the plane but his parachute failed to open near Ève, Oise, and he died in the fall.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling Men's Sprint France FRA 3 Bronze
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling Men's 333⅓ metres Time Trial France FRA 5T
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling Men's 10,000 metres France FRA 2 Silver
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling Men's 100 kilometres France FRA 1 Gold

Men's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling France Final Standings 3

Men's 333⅓ metres Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling France Final Standings 5T 27

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling France Final Standings 2 17:54 4/5

Men's 100 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 18 Athina Cycling France Final Standings 1 3-08:19 1/5
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