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Adolf Schmal

Adolf Schmal Austrian fencer

Austrian fencer
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Intro Austrian fencer
A.K.A. Felix Adolf Schmal
Was Track cyclist Athlete Fencer Sport cyclist Journalist
From Austria
Type Journalism Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 September 1872, Dortmund, Germany
Death 28 August 1919, Salzburg, Austrian Empire (aged 46 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Felix Adolf Schmal (18 September 1872 – 28 August 1919) was an Austrian fencer and racing cyclist. He was born in Dortmund and died in Salzburg. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

1896 Olympics

With a fencing mask, sabre and a racing bike, Schmal got a train ticket and headed for Athens, Greece for the first Olympics, and on 8 April 1896, he competed in the 100 km cycling race, but like seven other starters from the original ten he didn't finish the race. The next day he was competing in the sabre fencing event, and was looking at a medal having won both his opening two rounds, but then entered the King and his entourage and the officials decided to start the event again, in which Schmal only won one out of his four rounds. After a day off, Schmal was back in the saddle and winning two bronze medals, in the time trial Schmal finished on a time of 26 seconds which matched the time of Stamatios Nikolopoulos in second place behind the Frenchman Paul Masson, but Nikolopoulos won the race-off and Schmal finished in third place, he also finished in third place in the 10 km race behind the French duo of Léon Flameng and winner Paul Masson. On 13 April, Schmal won his gold medal in the 12 hour race, seven cyclists started the race and by lap 10 Schmal had lapped them all, so he then kept on the wheel of Englishman Frederick Keeping for the rest of the race, only Schmal and Keeping finished the race.


Schmal was also a journalist like his father and later an author, he would later write under the name of Adolf Schmal-Filius, his most popular book was written in 1904 called "Ohne Chauffeur" which was like a "Handbook for Motorcyclist"

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