New Zealand at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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New Zealand at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Flag of New Zealand.svg
IOC code NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
Website www.olympic.org.nz
in Antwerp
Competitors 4 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Harry Wilson (athlete)
Medals
Ranked 22nd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 1 1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

New Zealand competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. It was the first time that the nation had competed independently at the Olympic Games (even though the International Olympic Committee had a New Zealand member – Leonard Cuff – at its establishment). At the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics, New Zealand had competed with Australia in a combined team called Australasia.

The New Zealand team consisted of four competitors including the first woman to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games, Violet Walrond who was only aged 15 at the time. The team can be considered one of the most successful ever as all team members finished 5th or better in at least one of their events. The opening flagbearer was hurdler Harry Wilson.

Medallists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Bronze Hadfield, DarcyDarcy Hadfield Rowing Men's single sculls

Aquatics[edit]

Swimming[edit]

A single swimmer represented New Zealand in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport as well as its first independent appearance at the Olympics. Walrond was the first woman from New Zealand to compete in the Olympics.

Back row from left: Tui and Violet Walrond, George Davidson; front: Harry Wilson and Darcy Hadfield

Ranks given are within the heat.

Women
Swimmer Event Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Violet Walrond 100 m free 1:21.4 3 q Unknown 5
300 m free 5:04.6 2 Q Unknown 7

Athletics[edit]

Two athletes represented New Zealand in the nation's independent Olympic debut in 1920. The two men advanced to the final in two of their three events, placing fourth and fifth.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
George Davidson 100 m 11.1 2 Q Unknown 3 Did not advance
200 m 22.6 1 Q 22.8 1 Q 22.7 3 22.3 5
Harry Wilson 110 m hurdles N/A 15.8 2 Q 15.3 3 Q 15.2 4

Rowing[edit]

A single rower represented New Zealand in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Hadfield was defeated in the semifinals of the single sculls, but took the bronze medal as the fastest losing semifinalist.[1]

Athlete Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Darcy Hadfield Single sculls 8:05.0 1 Q 7:49.2 2 Did not race 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rowing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games: Men's Single Sculls Semi-Finals". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 

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