World Games 1981

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I World Games
Host city United States Santa Clara
Athletes participating 1265
Events 88
Opening ceremony 25 July 1981 (1981-07-25) [1]
Closing ceremony 3 August 1981 (1981-08-03) [2]
Officially opened by Ronald Reagan
Main venue Buck Shaw Stadium

The 1981 World Games were the first World Games and they were held in Santa Clara, California in the United States. The games featured sports that were not included in the Olympics, including tug-of-war, racquetball, baseball and softball, artistic roller skating, roller hockey, roller speed skating, fin swimming, karate, women's water polo, bowling, bodybuilding, casting and taekwondo.[3]

Titles[edit]

89 titles (86 + 3 of invitational sports) were awarded in 16 sports (2 invitational).[4]

     As Invitational sport

Sport Titles Notes
Badminton 5
Baseball 1
Bodybuilding 6
Bowling 3
Casting 11
Finswimming 12
Inline figure skating 4
Inline speed skating 6
Karate 9
Roller hockey 1
Softball 2
Taekwondo 10
Trampoline 8
Tug of war 2
Waterpolo 1
Water skiing 8
Total 89

Medal Table[edit]

The following were the medal tally during the 1st World Games, USA is the over-all champion of this edition.[5]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 27 26 23 76
2  South Korea 9 2 1 13
3  Italy 7 11 16 34
4  France 7 6 6 19
5  Canada 4 5 6 15
6  Japan 4 4 5 13
7  United Kingdom 4 4 3 11
8  West Germany 4 1 5 10
9  Norway 4 1 3 8
10  China 4 0 0 4
11  Netherlands 2 3 4 9
12  Belgium 2 0 4 6
13  Venezuela 2 0 0 2
14  Australia 1 4 5 10
15  Sweden 1 4 3 8
16  Austria 1 2 3 6
17   Switzerland 1 2 1 4
18  Finland 1 2 0 3
19  Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 3
20  New Zealand 1 0 0 1
 Portugal 1 0 0 1
22  Spain 0 2 3 5
23  Argentina 0 1 2 3
 Denmark 0 1 2 3
 Ivory Coast 0 1 2 3
26  Egypt 0 1 1 2
27  Thailand 0 1 0 1
28  Indonesia 0 0 3 3
29  Mexico 0 0 2 2
30  Bahamas 0 0 1 1
30  India 0 0 1 1
Totale 92 86 106 284

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De-pomped games open", Bend (OR) Bulletin, July 24, 1981, pD-3
  2. ^ "World Games end without fanfare", Lodi (CA) News-Sentinel, August 4, 1981, p12
  3. ^ "World Games I: Kolenda rules fin swimming", Ellensburg (WA) Daily Record, July 28, 1981, p8
  4. ^ "World Games". sports123.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "World Games 1981 at USA (gbr) - Medal Table". sports123.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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