Tug of war at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Men's tug of war
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 17–18
Competitors 40 from 3 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
1904 1912

At the 1908 Summer Olympics, a tug of war tournament was contested.

Medal table[edit]

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Great Britain 1 1 1 3
Sweden 0 0 0 0
United States 0 0 0 0

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tug of war City of London Police
 Great Britain
Liverpool Police
 Great Britain
Metropolitan Police "K" Division
 Great Britain

Team rosters[edit]

Great Britain[edit]

City of London Police[edit]

Liverpool Police[edit]

Metropolitan Police "K" Division[edit]


United States of America[edit]



The German and Greek teams withdrew, narrowing the seven-team field to five. Thus, the Swedish team and two of the British squads had byes in the quarterfinals.

The only match held was between the Liverpool team and the Americans. Liverpool won the first pull easily, after which the United States delegation protested against the footwear worn by the Liverpool police, who competed in their service boots. The protest was dismissed, and the Americans withdrew in disgust.[1][2]

Winners Score Losers
Liverpool Police Great Britain 2-0 (forfeit) United States of America United States
Sweden Sweden Bye
City of London Police Great Britain Bye
Metropolitan Police "K" Division Great Britain Bye


Liverpool again faced a foreign opponent, and again prevailed. The two London services squared off in the other semifinal, with the City police beating the Metropolitan men in a lengthy first pull. The second pull was not as tight a contest.[1]

Winners Score Losers
Liverpool Police Great Britain 2-0 Sweden Sweden
City of London Police Great Britain 2-0 Metropolitan Police "K" Division Great Britain


The Londoners defeated Liverpool in the final, winning the first two pulls.

Winners Score Losers
City of London Police Great Britain 2-0 Liverpool Police Great Britain

Bronze medal match[edit]

The Swedish team did not appear for the bronze medal match.

Winners Score Losers
Metropolitan Police "K" Division Great Britain walkover Sweden Sweden


  1. ^ a b Cook, p. 91
  2. ^ City of London Police


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Tug-of-War 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 27 May 2006. 
  • Rosters