Tug of war at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Tug of war
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Tug of war.jpg
The tug of war competition
Dates July 16
Competitors 12 from 3 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, a tug of war tournament was contested. Three teams entered, but the United States withdrew because of scheduling conflicts with the athletics program. Twelve athletes, comprising two teams and representing three nations, competed.

Tug of war


Gold Silver Bronze
 Mixed team (ZZX)
 Edgar Aabye (DEN)
 August Nilsson (SWE)
 Eugen Schmidt (DEN)
 Gustaf Söderström (SWE)
 Karl Staaf (SWE)
 Charles Winckler (DEN)
 France (FRA)
Raymond Basset
Jean Collas
Charles Gondouin
Joseph Roffo
Emile Sarrade
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera


The tug of war event was a fairly simple affair, as only two teams competed. The match consisted of a best-of-3 format. The Sweden-Denmark team defeated France in the first two pulls, taking the gold medal easily. It was Sweden's first Olympic gold medal.

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 12 tug of war competitors from 3 nations competed at the Paris Games:

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
2  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1


  • International Olympic Committee medal winners database
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Tug of War 1900". Accessed 10 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.