Blitz, Gérard (1901)
|born on||1 August 1901 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )|
|Place||Amsterdam, Netherlands, 52n22, 4e54|
|Timezone||LST m4e53 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||08°22' 20°02 Asc. 26°01'|
Belgian Jewish Olympic swimmer and water polo player during the 1920s.
He was the younger brother of Maurice Blitz, also a waterpolo player, and uncle of Gérard Blitz who founded Club Med in 1950.
In the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Blitz won medals in both swimming and water polo. He was third in the 100 m backstroke, and was a member of the Belgian team who won silver in the water polo tournament. His brother Maurice was also a member of that team.
On 16 September 1921 he set a new world record for 400 m backstroke at 5:59.2, that lasted until 1927.
At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, the Blitz brothers were still part of the Belgian water polo squad. The team won another silver medal.
Twelve years later at the Berlin Games he won the bronze with the Belgium team. He played all seven matches. He was one of a number of Jewish athletes who won medals at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.
He died on 8 March 1979 in Ganshoren.
- has other family relationship with Blitz, Gérard (born 28 February 1912)
Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'b' pdf file, p. 209.
- Vocation : Sports : Swimming (Backstroker)
- Vocation : Sports : Water sports (Water polo)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (World record holder for 400 m backstroke, 1921-1927)