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Denmark at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Denmark competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Medalists

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Athletics

14 athletes represented Denmark. It was the fourth appearance of the nation in athletics, which Denmark had competed in each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. Aage Rasmussen's fourth-place finish in the racewalk was Denmark's best athletics result in 1912.

Ranks given are within that athlete's heat for running events.

Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Holger Baden Ind. cross country N/A Did not finish
Johannes Christensen Marathon N/A 3:21:57.4 29
Karl Christiansen Ind. cross country N/A 49:06.4 14
Fritz Danild Ind. cross country N/A Did not finish
Vilhelm Gylche 10 km walk N/A 51:13.8 4 Did not finish
Karl Jensen Ind. cross country N/A Did not finish
Svend Langkjær Decathlon N/A 1830.850 26
Olaf Lodal Marathon N/A 3:21:57.6 30
Niels Petersen 10 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
Viggo Petersen Ind. cross country N/A 53:00.8 23
Aage Rasmussen 10 km walk N/A 48:15.8 3 48:00.0 4
Steen Rasmussen Ind. cross country N/A 55:27.0 28
Gerhard Topp Ind. cross country N/A 54:24.9 26
Fritz Vikke Pole vault N/A 3.40 16 Did not advance
Karl Christiansen
Viggo Petersen
Gerhard Topp
Team cross country N/A 36 5

Cycling

Eight cyclists represented Denmark. It was the first appearance of the nation in cycling. Olaf Meyland-Smith had the best time in the time trial, the only race held, placing 25th. The top four Danish cyclists had a combined time that placed them 8th of the 15 teams.

Road cycling

Cyclist Events Final
Result Rank
Charles Hansen Ind. time trial 11:40:04.0 32
Otto Jensen Ind. time trial Did not finish
Olaf Meyland-Smith Ind. time trial 11:32:24.2 25
Valdemar Nielsen Ind. time trial 12:33:09.2 72
Valdemar Christoffer Nielsen Ind. time trial Did not finish
Godtfred Olsen Ind. time trial 12:06:18.8 53
Hans Olsen Ind. time trial Did not finish
Johannes Reinwaldt Ind. time trial 11:57:20.0 48
Charles Hansen
Olaf Meyland-Smith
Godtfred Olsen
Johannes Reinwaldt
Team time trial 47:16:07.0 8

Equestrian

Dressage

Rider Horse Event Final
Penalties Rank
Rudolf Keyper Kinley Princess Individual 111 16
Carl Saunte Streg Individual 120 18
Eventing (The maximum score in each of the five events was 10.00 points. Ranks given are for the cumulative score after each event. Team score is the sum of the top three individual scores.)

Rider Horse Event Long distance Cross country Steeplechase Show jumping Dressage Total
Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank Score Rank
Frode Kirkebjerg Dibbe-Lippe Individual 10.00 1 5.69 23 10.00 20 Did not start Retired Did not finish
Carl Kraft Gorm Individual 10.00 1 10.00 1 Did not start Retired Did not finish
Carl Saunte Streg Individual Did not finish Retired Did not finish
Frode Kirkebjerg
Carl Kraft
Carl Saunte
Dibbe-Lippe
Gorm
Streg
Team Did not finish Retired Did not finish

Fencing

Six fencers represented Denmark. It was the fourth appearance of the nation in fencing, in which Denmark had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. Ivan Osiier was the only Danish fencer to advance to the final in an event, eventually capturing the silver medal in the épée. His second-place finish was the best in Danish Olympic fencing history at the time, as no Danish fencer had gotten to a final since Holger Nielsen won the bronze in the 1896 sabre competition.

Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank
Oluf Berntsen Foil 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 4 losses 5 Did not advance
Sabre 2 wins 2 Q 2 losses 3 Q 0 wins 6 Did not advance
Jens Berthelsen Foil 3 losses 3 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 3 losses 3 Q 5 losses 6 Did not advance
Sabre 1 win 3 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Einar Levison Foil 0 losses 1 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 1 loss 1 Q 2 losses 3 Q 4 losses 4 Did not advance
Sabre 3 wins 1 Q 4 losses 5 Did not advance
Hans Olsen Foil 4 losses 6 Did not advance
Épée 6 losses 8 Did not advance
Ivan Osiier Foil 0 losses 1 Q 1 loss 1 Q ? 5 Did not advance
Épée 0 losses 1 Q 1 loss 1 Q 2 losses 1 Q 5–2
Lauritz Østrup Foil 2 losses 3 Q 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Épée 3 losses 4 Did not advance
Oluf Berntsen
Jens Berthelsen
Ejnar Levison
Hans Olsen
Ivan Osiier
Lauritz Østrup
Team épée N/A 2–0 1 Q 1–2 3 Did not advance
Jens Berthelsen
Ejnar Levison
Hans Olsen
Ivan Osiier
Lauritz Østrup
Team sabre N/A 0–2 3 Did not advance

Football

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Final Final rank:

Gymnastics

Forty-nine gymnasts represented Denmark. It was the third appearance of the nation in gymnastics. Denmark had a team compete in two of the three team competitions. The Danish teams won the nation's first gymnastics medals, placing third of five in the free system and second of three in the Swedish system. Six Danish gymnasts competed in the individual competition, with Arvor Hansen's 26th place finish the best of the six.

Artistic

Gymnast Events Final
Result Rank
Axel Andersen All-around 98.75 33
Arvor Hansen All-around 107.50 26
Charles Jensen All-around 103.75 30
Einar Møbius All-around 86.75 40
Carl Pedersen All-around 97.25 34
Niels Petersen All-around 97.25 34
Denmark Team, free system 21.25
Team, Swedish system 898.84

Modern pentathlon

Denmark had four competitors in the first Olympic pentathlon competition. The Danish pentathletes had little success, with three of them not finishing and the fourth coming in last among the finishers, nearly 30 points behind the next nearest competitor.

(The scoring system was point-for-place in each of the five events, with the smallest point total winning.)

Athlete Shooting Swimming Fencing Riding Running Total points Rank
Score Points Time Points Wins Touches Points Penalties Time Points Time Points
Kai Jølver 52 32 9:32.6 26 7 13 22 14 10:49.5 21 26:08.6 22 123 22
Vilhelm Laybourn 140 25 12:09.6 29 6 10 24 Disqualified Retired Did not finish
Johannes Ussing 57 31 7:40.2 20 6 8 23 0 11:21.0 9 Did not finish Did not finish
Theodor Zeilau 93 30 7:59.4 22 4 7 26 Did not finish Retired Did not finish

Rowing

Fifteen rowers represented Denmark. It was the nation's first appearance in rowing. Denmark's debut was successful, especially in the coxed fours events, with the team winning a gold medal in the inriggers competition and a bronze in the outriggers.

(Ranks given are within each crew's heat.)

Rower Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mikael Simonsen Single sculls 8:14.0 1 Q Did not start Did not advance
Erik Bisgaard
Ejgil Clemmensen (cox)
Rasmus Frandsen
Mikael Simonsen
Poul Thymann
Coxed fours 7:20.0 1 Q 7:09.0 1 Q Unknown 2 Did not advance ()
Theodor Eyrich
Knud Gøtke
Marius Jørgensen
Johan Praem
Silva Smedberg (cox)
Coxed fours Unknown 2 Did not advance
Ejler Allert
Jørgen Hansen
Poul Hartmann (cox)
Carl Møller
Carl Pedersen
Coxed fours, inriggers N/A 7:52.0 1 Q 7:59.5 1 Q 7:44.6

Sailing

Three sailors represented Denmark. It was the nation's first appearance in sailing. Denmark sent only one boat, which took the silver medal in the six metre class.

(7 points for 1st in each race, 3 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd. Race-off to break ties in total points if necessary.)

Sailors Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Race-off Rank
Steen Herschend
Hans Meulengracht-Madsen
Sven Thomsen
6 metre class 2:34:41 7 1 2:26:07 3 2 10 2:41:40

Shooting

Fourteen shooters represented Denmark. It was the nation's fourth appearance in shooting, in which Denmark had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. Madsen and Niels Larsen took second and third, respectively, in the 300 metre free rifle from three positions to take the nation's only individual shooting medals in 1912; both were also on the six-man team which earned a bronze medal in the team rifle competition. They were the first medals won by Denmark in shooting since 1900.

Rower Event Final
Result Rank
Hans Denver 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Did not finish
Rasmus Friis 600 m free rifle 74 48
Povl Gerlow 50 m rifle, prone 167 38
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 772 60
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 64 74
25 m small-bore rifle 174 31
Jens Hajslund 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Did not finish
Laurits Larsen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 894 33
50 m pistol 432 21
Niels Larsen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 962
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 70 63
50 m pistol 405 41
Lars Jørgen Madsen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 981
50 m pistol 452 14
Anders Peter Nielsen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 849 47
50 m pistol 355 50
Frants Nielsen 50 m rifle, prone 180 26
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 851 46
50 m pistol 406 40
Peter Sofus Nielsen 50 m pistol 397 43
Ole Olsen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 926 12
Hans Schultz 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 808 52
600 m free rifle 75 44
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 82 36
Hans Tauson 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 921 16
Hans Denver
Povl Gerlow
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Frants Nielsen
50 m team small-bore rifle 708 5
Niels Andersen
Rasmus Friis
Jens Hajslund
Niels Larsen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Hans Schultz
Team rifle 1419 8
Niels Andersen
Jens Hajslund
Laurits Larsen
Niels Larsen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Ole Olsen
Team rifle 5570

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