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Tug of war at the Summer Olympics


Tug of war at the Summer Olympics

Tug of war competition in 1904 Summer Olympics

Tug of war was contested as a team event in the Summer Olympics at every Olympiad from 1900 to 1920. Originally the competition was entered by groups called clubs. A country could enter more than one club in the competition, making it possible for one country to earn multiple medals. This happened in 1904, when the United States won all three medals, and in 1908 when the podium was occupied by three British teams.[1] Sweden was also among the top countries with two medals, one as a member of the mixed team.

During its time as an Olympic sport, it was considered to be part of the Olympic athletics programme, although the sports of tug of war and athletics are now considered distinct.[2]

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 2 2 1 5
2  United States (USA) 1 1 1 3
3  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
1 0 0 1
5  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
0 1 0 1
7 0 0 1 1
Total 5 5 3 13


Teams consisted of 6 members in 1900 (Denmark and Sweden competed together), 5 members in 1904, and 8 members in the last three appearances of the sport.

Nation 00 04 08 12 20 Years
8 1
3 1
France 6 1
Great Britain 24 8 8 3
5 1
Italy 8 1
8 1
5 1
Sweden 3 8 8 3
United States 20 8 8 3
No. of nations 3 3 3 2 5 10
No. of pullers 12 30 40 16 40 128

See also


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