Switzerland at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Switzerland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Switzerland
IOC code  SUI
NOC Swiss Olympic Association
Website www.swissolympic.ch (German) (French)
At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp
Competitors 77 in 13 sports
Medals
Rank: 13
Gold
2
Silver
2
Bronze
7
Total
11
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Switzerland competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 77 competitors, all men, took part in 45 events in 13 sports.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Silver medal.svg Silver[edit]

Bronze medal.svg Bronze[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Diving[edit]

A single diver represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Knuchel competed in the springboard event, but was unable to advance to the final.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Paul Knuchel 3 m springboard 33 431.35 7 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Four swimmers, all men, represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. None of the swimmers advanced to an event final.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Henri Demiéville 400 m breast 7:12.4 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
Hans Drexler 1500 m free Unknown 4 Did not advance
Jean Jenni 100 m free Unknown 5 Did not advance
René Ricolfi-Doria 400 m free Unknown 5 Did not advance
1500 m free Did not finish Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Switzerland competed in the Olympic water polo tournament for the first time in 1920. A modified version of the Bergvall System was in use at the time. Switzerland lost heavily to Belgium in the opening round. Because Belgium eventually finished with the silver medal, Switzerland should have had a chance to play for the bronze; it is not clear why they did not.

Round of 16
Belgium  11–0  Switzerland Antwerp
Final rank
9th

Athletics[edit]

13 athletes represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in athletics. A pair of ninth-place finishes were the team's best results.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Stanislas Anselmetti 3 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
10 km walk N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Luigi Antognini Shot put 10.32 19 N/A Did not advance
Constant Bucher Decathlon N/A 5273.280 10
Oscar Garin 10000 m N/A 33:04.4 5 Q Unknown 9
Alfred Gaschen 5000 m N/A 16:03.0 5 Did not finish
10000 m N/A 34:38.4 5 Q Did not advance
Ernst Gerspach Decathlon N/A 5947.780 9
Josef Imbach 100 m 11.0 2 Q 11.1 3 Did not advance
200 m 23.5 2 Q 23.1 2 Q Did not finish Did not advance
Hans Kindler Long jump 6.34 15 N/A Did not advance
Paul Martin 800 m N/A 1:59.0 6 Did not advance
Willi Moser 110 m hurdles N/A Did not finish Did not advance
August Waibel 100 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
200 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
Josef Imbach
Walter Leibundgut
Adolf Rysler
August Waibel
4x100 m relay N/A 44.2 4 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

A single boxer represented Switzerland at the 1920 Games. It was the nation's debut in boxing. Ireland lost his first match, in the welterweight round of 16.

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
Willy Reichenbach Welterweight Bye  Ireland (GBR)
L
Did not advance 9

Fencing[edit]

Eight fencers represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in the sport. Switzerland competed only in the épée competitions. Edouard Fitting was the only Swiss fencer to advance to the quarterfinals, where he was eliminated. The team was much more successful than any of the individuals, advancing to the finals before finishing in fifth overall.

Ranks given are within the group.

Fencer Event First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Louis de Tribolet Épée 3–5 6 Did not advance
Eugène Empeyta Épée 3–5 6 Did not advance
Edouard Fitting Épée 5–4 3 Q 3–7 8 Did not advance
Frédéric Fitting Épée 2–5 7 Did not advance
Henri Jacquet Épée 2–6 8 Did not advance
John Albaret
Louis de Tribolet
Eugène Empeyta
Édouard Fitting
Frédéric Fitting
Henri Jacquet
Léopold Montagnier
Franz Wilhelm
Team épée[2] N/A 3–1 2 Q 1–4 5

Ice hockey[edit]

Switzerland competed in the inaugural Olympic ice hockey tournament. The team suffered the most lopsided loss of the tournament in a 29–0 defeat by the United States in the quarterfinals, Switzerland's first match. The American team's eventual winning of the silver medal qualified Switzerland for the bronze medal tournament. In the bronze medal semifinals, the Swiss played a closer game but still lost to Sweden, 4–0.

Quarterfinals
23 April 1920
 
United States  29–0
(15-0, 14-0)
 Switzerland Palais de Glace d'Anvers, Antwerp
Bronze medal semifinals
28 April 1920
 
Sweden  4–0
(2-0, 2-0)
 Switzerland Palais de Glace d'Anvers, Antwerp
Final rank
5th

Rowing[edit]

Thirteen rowers represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Two of the four boats won medals, with the coxed fours team taking gold and the coxed pairs taking bronze.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Cox Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Max Schmid N/A Single sculls 7:49.0 2 Did not advance
Édouard Candeveau
Alfred Felber
Paul Piaget Coxed pairs N/A 8:50.0 1 Q Unknown 3rd
Willy Brüderlin
Max Rudolf
Paul Rudolf
Hans Walter
Paul Staub Coxed fours N/A 7:03.0 1 Q 6:54.0 1st
P. Baur
Rudolf Bosshard
Willy Brüderlin
Charles Freuler
Max Rudolf
Paul Rudolf
Franz Türler
Hans Walter
Paul Staub Eights 6:21.4 2 Did not advance

Skating[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

A single figure skater represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Megroz took eighth place out of nine skaters in the men's singles.

Skater Event Final
Result Rank
Alfred Megroz Men's singles 52.5 8

Shooting[edit]

Fifteen shooters represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport, and first since 1900. The team's five bronze medals gave Switzerland the fourth-most total medals in 1920, but put them behind ten other teams who had won at least one gold or silver.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Gustave Amoudruz 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 959 Unknown
Ulrich Fahrner 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 947 Unknown
Fritz Kuchen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 961 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone 59 3rd
Werner Schneeberger 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 947 Unknown
Bernhard Siegenthaler 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 906 Unknown
Fritz Zulauf 30 m military pistol 269 3rd
Eugen Addor
Joseph Jehle
Fritz Kuchen
Werner Schneeberger
Weibel
300 & 600 m team military rifle, prone 563 3rd
Gustave Amoudruz
Hans Egli
Domenico Giambonini
Joseph Jehle
Fritz Zulauf
30 m team military pistol 1270 3rd
Gustave Amoudruz
Hans Egli
Domenico Giambonini
Bernhard Siegenthaler
Fritz Zulauf
50 m team free pistol 2136 9
Gustave Amoudruz
Ulrich Fahrner
Fritz Kuchen
Werner Schneeberger
Bernhard Siegenthaler
Team free rifle 4698 3rd
Fritz Kuchen
Walter Lienhard
Arnold Rösli
Albert Tröndle
Caspar Widmer
300 m team military rifle, prone 281 4
300 m team military rifle, standing 234 8
600 m team military rifle, prone 279 6

Tennis[edit]

Three tennis players, all men, competed for Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Simon was the only one of the Swiss players to win a match; Syz and Chiesa each lost their first, as did the Simon and Syz pair in the doubles.

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
Alberto Chiesa Men's singles Bye  Brugnon (FRA)
W 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Did not advance 17
Charles Simon Men's singles Bye  de Satrústegui (ESP)
W 3–6, 8–6, 6–2, 6–8, 6–2
 Malström (SWE)
L 6–2, 6–2, 6–0
Did not advance 9
Hans Syz Men's singles  Lammens (BEL)
L 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Did not advance 32
Charles Simon
Hans Syz
Men's doubles N/A Bye  Balbi & Colombo (ITA)
L 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Did not advance 9

Weightlifting[edit]

Two weightlifters represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Both men won medals, though neither was able to take a gold.

Weightlifter Event Final
Result Rank
Fridriech Hünenberger 82.5 kg 275.0 2nd
Eugène Ryter 60 kg 210.0 3rd

Wrestling[edit]

Four wrestlers, all in the freestyle discipline, competed for Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Roth took the gold medal in the unlimited weight class, with Courant taking silver in the light heavyweight.

Freestyle[edit]

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals / Bronze match Rank
Otto Bron Middleweight Bye  Leino (FIN) (L) Did not advance 9
Charles Courant Light heavyweight N/A Bye  van Rensburg (RSA) (W)  Redman (USA) (W)  Larsson (SWE) (L) 2nd
Daniel Kaiser Featherweight N/A Bye  Ackerly (USA) (L) Did not advance 5
Robert Roth Heavyweight N/A  Salila (FIN) (W)  Meyer (USA) (W)  Pendleton (USA) (W) 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Switzerland at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Netherlands Fencing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games". Sports-Reference.  Composition for teams.

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