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Weightlifting at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

Weightlifting at the 1920 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 29, 1920
Date Finished: August 29, 1920
Format: Total of best lifts in three phases determined placement.

Gold: BEL Frans De Haes
Silver: EST Alfred Schmidt
Bronze: SUI Eugène Ryter


François “Frans” De Haes won the only gold medal for Belgium in weightlifting at the 1920 Olympics. De Haes is described well by Roland Renson in his book, The Games Reborn: The VIIth Olympiad Antwerp 1920, “Frans De Haes (1895-1923) was a typical son of the Antwerp sporting proletariat. ‘This true child of Antwerp, this unbastardized sinjoor, as Sport-Revue (1920, 2(11) of 21 September: 171) liked to call him, had fled with his parents to the neutral Netherlands in order to escape the Germany occupation. At the age of 17, he started weight-lifting in Holland under the guidance of Henri Borstlap, who had been trained himself by the famous Antwerp wrestler, Laurent Gerstmans. He joined the Amsterdamse Vereeniging der Halters and reached the standards of Dutch champion Eyman. He joined the Gerstmans Worstelclub, founded in 1919, when he returned to Antwerp afetr the war and bettered all three Belgian records in the feather-weight class. . . . He was preparing for the Games of 1924 when this ‘working class hero’ was struck down by influenza and died at the end of May 1923 … ”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Frans De Haes 24 Belgium BEL Gold 220.0 OR
2 Alfred Schmidt 21 Estonia EST Silver 210.0
3 Eugène Ryter 30 Switzerland SUI Bronze 210.0
4 Luigi Gatti Italy ITA 195.0
5 Ludvík Wágner Czechoslovakia TCH 195.0
6 Gustav Eriksson 23 Sweden SWE 192.5
7T Lionel De Haes Belgium BEL 190.0
7T Karl Kõiv 25 Estonia EST 190.0
9 Kees Tijman 22 Netherlands NED 185.0
10 Niels Florin 27 Denmark DEN 180.0
11 John Paine Great Britain GBR 172.5
12 André Delloue France FRA 150.0
13 Jean Ducher France FRA 140.0
AC Michel Mertes 18 Luxembourg LUX (45.0)