Tug of war at the Summer Olympics

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Tug of war at the Summer Olympics
Tug of war pictogram.svg
Governing body TWIF
Events 1 (men)
Games
1896 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000
2004 2008 2012 2016
Medalists
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[edit]

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
 Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
5  France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
7  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
Total 5 5 3 13

Nations[edit]

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
Belgium 8 1
Denmark 3 1
France 6 1
Great Britain 24 8 8 3
Greece 5 1
Italy 8 1
Netherlands 8 1
South Africa 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

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

http://www.tugofwar.co.uk/3078/134023.html - A History of Tug of War in the Olympics