South Africa at the 1920 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 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp
Competitors 39 in 7 sports
Medals
Rank: 11
Gold
3
Silver
4
Bronze
3
Total
10
Olympic history (summary)
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The Union of South Africa competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 39 competitors, 38 men and 1 woman, took part in 34 events in 7 sports.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Med 1.png Gold[edit]

Med 2.png Silver[edit]

Med 3.png Bronze[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Swimming[edit]

A single swimmer represented South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. Nash did not advance to the final in either event.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Women
Swimmer Event Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Barbara Nash 100 m free Unknown 5 Did not advance
300 m free Unknown 6 Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

13 athletes represented South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in athletics, a sport in which South Africa had competed each time the country had appeared at the Olympics. The team took three total medals, one of each color, with Rudd winning two on his own and being part of the relay that won the silver. It was the country's best result in athletics to date.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Jacobus Bukes 100 m 10.9 2 Q Unknown 3 Did not advance
200 m 23.4 3 Did not advance
Henry Dafel 400 m 51.2 2 Q 51.0 1 Q 50.4 3 Q 50.1 6
800 m N/A 1:59.9 3 Q Unknown 6 Did not advance
Leonard Dixon 100 m Unknown 3 Did not advance
James Doig 800 m N/A 2:03.0 4 Q 2:01.5 7 Did not advance
Christian Gitsham Marathon N/A Did not finish
Francis Irvine 100 m Unknown 3 Did not advance
200 m 23.3 3 Did not advance
400 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
Harold Jeppe 110 m hurdles N/A Unknown 3 Did not advance
Cecil McMaster 3 km walk N/A 13:48.5 2 Q 13:23.6 4
10 km walk N/A 51:39.0 2 Q 50:04.0 4
Clarence Oldfield 400 m 52.2 2 Q 51.1 5 Did not advance
Jack Oosterlaak 100 m 11.0 1 Q 11.0 1 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
200 m 23.2 2 Q 23.0 1 Q 22.7 3 Q 22.4 6
Leonard Richardson Cross country N/A Did not finish
Bevil Rudd 400 m 50.6 1 Q 51.2 2 Q 49.7 2 Q 49.6 1st
800 m N/A 1:55.0 1 Q 1:57.0 1 Q 1:54.0 3rd
Adriaan "Attie" van Heerden 400 m hurdles N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Jacobus Bukes
Henry Dafel
Francis Irvine
Jack Oosterlaak
4x100 m relay N/A 44.4 3 Did not advance
Henry Dafel
Clarence Oldfield
Jack Oosterlaak
Bevil Rudd
4x400 m relay N/A 3:38.6 1 Q 3:23.0 2nd

Boxing[edit]

Seven boxers represented South Africa at the 1920 Games. It was the nation's debut in boxing. Walker won the nation's first Olympic boxing medal, a gold in the bantamweight.

Boxer Weight class Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / Bronze match
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Richard Beland Lightweight N/A  Grégoire (FRA)
W
 Van Muyzen (BEL)
W
 Mosberg (USA)
L
 Newton (CAN)
L
4
William Bradley Middleweight Bye  Hesterman (NED)
W
 Herscovitch (CAN)
L
Did not advance 5
Thomas Holdstock Light heavyweight N/A  Clementz (NOR)
W
 Eagan (USA)
L
Did not advance 5
Roy Ingram Welterweight Bye  Stokstad (NOR)
L
Did not advance 9
Jim MacGregor Light heavyweight N/A  Schell (USA)
L
Did not advance 9
Joseph Thomas Welterweight Bye  Schneider (CAN)
L
Did not advance 9
Clarence Walker Bantamweight N/A  Bouwens (BEL)
W
 Hartman (USA)
W
 McKenzie (GBR)
W
 Graham (CAN)
W
1st

Cycling[edit]

Five cyclists represented South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. The South Africans took three medals, including silvers in the tandem (Smith and Walker) and individual time trial (by Kaltenbrun) and a bronze in the team pursuit. The team pursuit medal was awarded due to South Africa having the faster time of the two semifinal losers.

Road cycling[edit]

Cyclist Event Final
Result Rank
Henry Kaltenbrunn Time trial 4:41:26.6 2nd
James Walker Time trial Did not finish

Track cycling[edit]

Ranks given are within the heat.

Cyclist Event Heats Quarterfinals Repechage semis Repechage final Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Hendrik Goosen Sprint Unknown 3 Did not advance
William Smith Sprint Unknown 3 Did not advance
50 km N/A Unknown 7
George Thursfield Sprint Unknown 2 Q 13.2 1 Q Advanced directly 15.2 2 Did not advance
James Walker Sprint 13.6 1 Q 13.6 1 Q Advanced directly 15.2 3 Did not advance
50 km N/A Did not finish
Hendrik Goosen
George Thursfield
Tandem N/A Unknown 2 N/A Did not advance
William Smith
James Walker
Tandem N/A 13.0 1 Q N/A 12.6 1 Q Unknown 2nd
Hendrik Goosen
Henry Kaltenbrunn
William Smith
James Walker
Team pursuit N/A 5:21.0 1 Q N/A 5:17.8 2 Did not advance 3rd

Shooting[edit]

Seven shooters represented South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. South Africa won its first Olympic shooting medal, with the silver in the long-range team prone military rifle.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Robert Bodley 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
George Harvey 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
George Lishman 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
Fred Morgan 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Mark Paxton 50 m small-bore rifle Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
David Smith 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. Unknown
Robert Bodley
Ferdinand Buchanan
George Harvey
Fred Morgan
David Smith
600 m team military rifle, prone 287 2nd
300 & 600 m team military rifle, prone 560 5
Robert Bodley
Ferdinand Buchanan
Fred Morgan
Mark Paxton
David Smith
300 m team military rifle, standing 233 9
Robert Bodley
George Harvey
George Lishman
Fred Morgan
Mark Paxton
50 m team small-bore rifle 1755 8
Robert Bodley
George Harvey
Fred Morgan
Mark Paxton
David Smith
Team free rifle 4292 10
Robert Bodley
George Lishman
Fred Morgan
Mark Paxton
David Smith
300 m team military rifle, prone 276 8

Tennis[edit]

Five tennis players, all men, competed for South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. Winslow, the defending gold medalist in the singles, fell to Ichiya Kumagae in the semifinals and finished with the bronze medal. Kumagae had also beaten Dodd in the quarterfinals. Raymond won the other semifinal, however, and then beat Kumagae to take the gold. Both men's doubles pairs lost in the quarterfinals.

Player Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Rank
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
George Dodd Men's singles  Blanchy (FRA)
W 2–6, 6–2, 6–1, 9–7
 Décugis (FRA)
W 6–2, 6–1, 6–1
 Kashio (JPN)
W 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–1
 Kumagae (JPN)
L 7–5, 6–1, 6–1
Did not advance 5
Brian Norton Men's singles  Décugis (FRA)
L 6–4, 12–10, 2–6, 8–6
Did not advance 32
Louis Raymond Men's singles Bye  van den Bemden (BEL)
W 7–5, 6–1, 4–6, 6–1
 Brugnon (FRA)
W 3–6, 6–2, 6–0, 6–1
 Malström (SWE)
W 6–3, 6–1, 6–1
 Turnbull (GBR)
W 2–6, 1–6, 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
 Kumagae (JPN)
W 5–7, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
1st
Charles Winslow Men's singles Bye  Samazeuilh (FRA)
W 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
 Washer (BEL)
W 8–6, 6–4, 6–1
 Lowe (GBR)
W 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
 Kumagae (JPN)
L 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
 Turnbull (GBR)
W
3rd
Cecil Blackbeard
George Dodd
Men's doubles N/A  Beamish & Lowe (GBR)
W 6–1, 10–8, 6–3
 Lawton & Samazeuilh (FRA)
W 6–3, 6–0, 9–7
 Albarran & Décugis (FRA)
L 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, 7–5
Did not advance 5
Brian Norton
Louis Raymond
Men's doubles N/A  Alonso & Alonso (ESP)
W 6–3, 7–5, 6–0
 Ardelt & Žemla-Rázný (TCH)
W 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
 Kashio & Kumagae (JPN)
L 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Did not advance 5

Wrestling[edit]

A single wrestler competed for South Africa in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Jan van Rensburg was defeated in the quarterfinals of the freestyle light heavyweight.

Freestyle[edit]

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals / Bronze match Rank
Jan van Rensburg Light heavyweight N/A  Snoeck (BEL) (W)  Courant (SUI) (L) Did not advance 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Africa at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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