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
1st, gold medalist(s) Denmark and Sweden
 Mixed team
2nd, silver medalist(s) France
1904 →

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


The match consisted of a best-of-3 format. A combined Sweden/Denmark team, made up of three competitors from each country, defeated the French team to win the title. The Sweden-Denmark team defeated France in the first two pulls, taking the gold medal easily. It was Sweden's first Olympic gold medal.

They were left as the only participating teams; the United States had entered but were forced to scratch as three of their team were involved in the final of the hammer. Edgar Aaybe was a journalist covering the Games for the Danish newspaper Politiken and was asked to join the team when another puller was taken ill.


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
Émile Sarrade
Francisco Henríquez de Zubiría

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.