Brazil at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Brazil at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Flag of Brazil (1889–1960).svg
IOC codeBRA
NOCBrazilian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.cob.org.br (in Portuguese)
in Antwerp
Competitors19 in 5 sports
Flag bearerAfrânio da Costa
Medals
Ranked 15th
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Brazil competed at the modern Olympic Games for the first time at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 19 competitors, all men, took part in 10 events in 5 sports.[1]

Brazil won its first ever Olympic medals in Antwerp. All the three medals came in Shooting events. The five shooters had great difficulty getting to the Antwerp. First, the shooters boarded the Curvello steamship with the rest of the Brazilian delegation, but they had to go down in Portugal when they learned that the ship would not arrive in time for the competition. Then they took a train from Lisbon to Paris, and much of the trip was in an open car, with the athletes being exposed to rain and sun. In Paris, they changed trains, heading for Belgium. But in Brussels, where they expected the connection to Antwerp, some of the weapons and ammunition had been stolen. The athletes had 200 caliber 8 bullets, although they needed at least 75 for each. Luckily, they made friendship with the American athletes Alfred Lane and Raymond Bracken, who gave the Brazilians 2,000 cartridges and 50 targets.

On August 2, Brazil has already started the men's 50 metre team free pistol, with Fernando Soledade. As his weapon was very bad, the head of the American shooting team, Colonel Snyders, borrowed the Brazilians two weapons manufactured by Colt especially for the competition. The shooters Sebastião Wolf, Dario Barbosa, Guilherme Paraense and Afrânio da Costa exchanged the weapons among themselves and won the bronze medal for men's 50 metre team free pistol. The individual event was simultaneous with the team event, so Afrânio da Costa also got the individual silver medal, in men's 50 metre free pistol, the first individual medal ever won by a Brazilian .[2]

The next day, Guilherme Paraense, a Lieutenant of the Army, became the first ever gold medalist from Brazil, when he won the 30 metre military pistol event.

Medalists[edit]

Multiple medallists[edit]

The following competitors won several medals at the 1920 Olympic Games.

Name Medal Sport Event
Guilherme Paraense  Gold
 Bronze
Shooting Men's 30 metre military pistol
Men's 50 metre team free pistol
Afrânio da Costa  Silver
 Bronze
Shooting Men's 50 metre free pistol
Men's 50 metre team free pistol

Diving[edit]

A single diver represented Brazil in the nation's Olympic debut in 1920. Wellisch competed in all three of the men's events, reaching the final in two but winning no medals.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Adolfo Wellisch 3 m springboard 19 522.85 4 Did not advance
10 m platform Skipped 29 423.80 7
Plain high dive 14 162.3 3 Q 37 153.0 8

Rowing[edit]

Five rowers represented Brazil in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Brazil sent one boat, in the coxed fours. It was unable to advance past the semifinals, taking second place to the United States in the three-boat heat. Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Rower Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Guilherme Lorena
João Jório
Alcides Veira
Abrahão Soliture
Ernesto Flores Filho
Coxed four N/A 7:25.4 2 Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

Five shooters represented Brazil in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport as well as the Olympics. All three of Brazil's medals at the Antwerp Games came in shooting events, with one of each type.

Men
Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Dario Barbosa 50 m free pistol 441 23
Afrânio da Costa 489 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Guilherme Paraense 30 m military pistol 274 1st, gold medalist(s)
50 m free pistol 456 13
Fernando Soledade 50 m free pistol 424 26
Sebastião Wolf 454 15
Dario Barbosa
Afrânio da Costa
Guilherme Paraense
Fernando Soledade
Sebastião Wolf
30 m team military pistol 1261 4
Dario Barbosa
Afrânio da Costa
Guilherme Paraense
Fernando Soledade
Sebastião Wolf
50 m team free pistol 2264 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

Swimming[edit]

Two swimmers, both male, represented Brazil in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport as well as the Olympics. Neither swimmer advanced past the quarterfinals.

Men
Swimmer Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Orlando Amêndola 100 m freestyle Unknown 6 Did not advance
Ângelo Gammaro 1:22.0 3 Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

Brazil 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. Brazil won its first match, against France, before being defeated by Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Round of 16
Brazil  5–1  France Antwerp
Quarterfinals
Sweden  7–3  Brazil Antwerp
Roster
Final rank: 6th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brazil at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ De Franceschi Wacker, Marcia; Wacker, Christian. "1920-1932: Brazil at the early Olympic Games" (PDF).


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