South Africa at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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South Africa at the Olympic Games

Flag of South Africa
IOC code  RSA
NOC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Website www.sascoc.co.za
At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm
Competitors
Medals
Rank: 7
Gold
4
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
6
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

The Union of South Africa competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Swimming[edit]

A single swimmer competed for South Africa at the 1912 Games. It was the nation's debut in swimming. Godfrey competed in one event, placing fifth in his quarterfinal of the 400 metre freestyle and not advancing to the semifinals.

Ranks given for each swimmer are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Events Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
George Godfrey 400 m freestyle N/A 6:30.6 4 Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Seven athletes represented South Africa. It was the nation's third appearance in both the sport and the Olympics. McArthur and Gitsham finished first and second, respectively, in the marathon to give South Africa its only athletics medals in 1912 as well as an Olympic record in the event with McArthur's mark. Richardson's Olympic record in the 10000 metres, set in the semifinals, was broken in the final; Richardson did not finish that race.

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

Athlete Events Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Christian Gitsham Marathon N/A 2:37:52.0 2
Ken McArthur Marathon N/A 2:36:54.8 OR 1
George Patching 100 m  ? 2 Q 19.9 1 Q 11.0 4
200 m 22.3 1 Q Did not finish Did not advance
400 m 51.1 1 Q 50.5 3 Did not advance
Reuben Povey 100 m  ? 2 Q  ? 2 Did not advance
200 m  ? 2 Q  ? 5 Did not advance
Leonard Richardson 10000 m N/A 32:30.3 OR 1 Did not finish
Marathon N/A Did not start
Ind. cross country N/A 47:33.5 8
Arthur St. Norman Marathon N/A Did not finish
10 km walk N/A 50:17.9 2 Q Disqualified
John Victor 800 m  ? 3 Did not advance
1500 m N/A 4:12.7 3 Did not advance

Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling[edit]

A single cyclist represented South Africa. It was the second appearance of the nation in cycling. Rudolph Lewis won the gold medal, South Africa's first cycling medal.

Road cycling[edit]

Cyclist Events Final
Result Rank
Rudolph Lewis Ind. time trial 10:42:39.0 1

Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing[edit]

A single fencer represented South Africa. It was the second appearance of the nation in fencing. Walter Gate, who had also been South Africa's only fencer in 1908, competed in all three weapons and was defeated in the first round of each competition.

Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank
Walter Gates Foil 4 losses 5 Did not advance
Épée 5 losses 7 Did not advance
Sabre 1 win 4 Did not advance

Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting[edit]

Eight shooters represented South Africa. It was the nation's first appearance in shooting. The South African team took fourth place in the team rifle competition; this was the closest the nation got to winning a medal in shooting. The best individual performance was Harvey's tenth place finish in the military rifle.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Robert Bodley 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 806 55
600 m free rifle 73 54
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 78 45
Charles Jeffreys 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 715 70
600 m free rifle 76 42
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 82 34
Albert Johnstone 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 741 67
600 m free rifle 75 43
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 62 77
George Harvey 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 874 40
600 m free rifle 83 21
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 90 10
Ernest Keeley 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 800 56
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 89 13
Robert Patterson 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 810 51
600 m free rifle 73 53
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 72 59
Arthur Smith 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 752 64
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 56 84
George Whelan 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 762 61
300 m military rifle, 3 pos. 64 73
Robert Bodley
George Harvey
Charles Jeffreys
Ernest Keeley
Arthur Smith
Robert Patterson
Team rifle 1531 4
Robert Bodley
George Harvey
Ernest Keeley
Arthur Smith
Robert Patterson
George Whelan
Team free rifle 4897 6

Tennis[edit]

Three tennis players represented South Africa at the 1912 Games. It was the nation's second appearance in tennis.

Kitson and Winslow dominated the men's outdoor competitions. They met in the final of the singles tournament, with Winslow taking the championship and Kitson winning silver. The two also paired up for the doubles tournament, defeating all their opponents to add a third medal. Tapscott, competing in the singles only, advanced to the round of 16 before losing to an eventual semifinalist.

Men
Athlete Event Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Harold Kitson Outdoor singles Bye  Leffler (SWE)
W 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
 Möller (SWE)
W 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
 Schomburgk (GER)
W 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
 von Salm (AUT)
W 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
 Žemla (BOH)
W 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
 Winslow (RSA)
L 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6
2
Lionel Tapscott Outdoor singles  Kodl (BOH)
W 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
 Pipes (AUT)
W 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
 Blanchy (FRA)
W 1-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
 Žemla (BOH)
L 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 2-6
Did not advance 9
Charles Winslow Outdoor singles Bye  Frigast (DEN)
W 7-5, 6-2, 6-3
 Thayssen (DEN)
W 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
 Ingerslev (DEN)
W 6-4, 8-6, 6-4
 Heyden (GER)
W 6-2, 6-4, 8-10, 4-6, 6-3
 Kreuzer (GER)
W 9-7, 7-5, 6-2
 Kitson (RSA)
W 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6
1
Harold Kitson
Charles Winslow
Outdoor doubles N/A  Arenholt & Ingerslev (DEN)
W 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
 Kehrling & Zsigmondy (HUN)
W 6-3, 6-3, 7-9, 6-2
 Nylén & Wennergren (SWE)
W 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
 Just & Žemla (BOH)
W 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
 Pipes & Zborzil (AUT)
W 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
1

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