Tug of war at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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Men's tug of war
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Tug of war pictogram.svg
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 17–18
Competitors 40 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s)  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Belgium
← 1912

The tug of war contest at the 1920 Summer Olympics was held on August 17, 1920 and on August 18, 1920. All medals were decided by using the Bergvall system.

Medal summary[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Great Britain (GBR)
George Canning
Frederick Humphreys
Frederick Holmes
Edwin Mills
John Sewell
John James Shepherd
Harry Stiff
Ernest Thorn
 Netherlands (NED)
Wilhelmus Bekkers
Johannes Hengeveld
Sijtse Jansma
Henk Janssen
Antonius van Loon
Willem van Loon
Marinus van Rekum
Willem van Rekum
 Belgium (BEL)
Édouard Bourguignon
Alphonse Ducatillon
Rémy Maertens
Christin Piek
Henri Pintens
Charles Van den Broeck
François Van Hoorenbeek
Gustave Wuyts

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 40(*) tug of war competitors from 5 nations competed at the Antwerp Games:

(*) NOTE: Only competitors who participated in at least one pull are counted.

Two Italian reserves are known.


Place Nation
1  Great Britain (GBR)
2  Netherlands (NED)
3  Belgium (BEL)
4  United States (USA)
Charlton Brosius
Stephen Fields
Sylvester Granrose
Lloyd Kelsey
Joseph Kszyczewiski
William Penn
Joseph Rond
Joseph Winston
5  Italy (ITA)
Adriano Arnoldo
Silvio Calzolari
Romolo Carpi
Giovanni Forno
Rodolfo Rambozzi
Carlo Schiappapietra
Giuseppe Tonani
Amedeo Zotti
Cesare Cogliolo
Pietro Scasso

Gold medal round[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Great Britain (GBR) 2  
 United States (USA) 0      Great Britain (GBR) 2  
     Belgium (BEL) 0  
       Great Britain (GBR) 2
       Netherlands (NED) 0
     Netherlands (NED) 2
     Italy (ITA) 0    

Silver medal round[edit]

Semifinals Final
 Belgium (BEL) 2  
 United States (USA) 0      Belgium (BEL) 0
     Netherlands (NED) 2

Bronze medal round[edit]

Semifinals Final
 United States (USA) 2  
 Italy (ITA) 0      United States (USA) 0
     Belgium (BEL) 2