1926 Women's World Games

The 1926 Women's World Games (Swedish II. Internationella kvinnliga idrottsspelen, French 2èmes jeux féminins mondiaux ) were the second regular international Women's World Games, the tournament was held between 27[1] – 29 August[2][3] at the Slottsskogsvallen Stadium in Gothenburg.[4][5]

1926 Women's World Games
Host cityGothenburg
Country Sweden
Dates27 – 29 August 1926
← 1922
1930 →
Gustaf V of Sweden on his way to the opening ceremony
Kinue Hitomi, winner of the long jump event



The games were organized by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale under Alice Milliat[2][5] as a response to the IOC refusal to include women's events in the 1924 Olympic Games.

The games were attended by 100 participants from 9 nations:[5] Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France,[1] Great Britain, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Kinue Hitomi was the sole participant from Japan, she won the long jump with a new world record, she also won the standing long jump, came second place in discus, third in 100 yards, fifth in 60 metres and sixth in 250 metres putting Japan in fifth place single-handedly.[3][4]

The athletes competed in 12 events:[6][7] running (60 metres, 100 yards, 250 metres, 1000 metres, 4 x 110 yards relay och hurdling 100 yards), high jump, long jump, standing long jump, discus throw, javelin and shot put.

The tournament was opened with an olympic style ceremony,[2] the opening speech was held by Mary von Sydow (wife of Oscar von Sydow). The games attended an audience of 20,000 spectators and several world records were set.[2][5]


Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 m Marguerite Radideau
7.8 Florence Haynes
  United Kingdom
7.8 Rose Thompson
  United Kingdom
100 yd Marguerite Radideau
11.8 Rose Thompson
  United Kingdom
11.8 Kinue Hitomi
250 m Eileen Edwards
  United Kingdom
33.4 Vera Palmer
  Great Britain
34.6 Marguerite Radideau
1000 m Edith Trickey
  United Kingdom
3:08.8 Inga Gentzel
3:09.4 Louise Bellon
100 yds hurdles Ludmila Sychrová
14.4 Edith White
  United Kingdom
14.8 Hilda Hatt
  United Kingdom
4×110 yds relay   United Kingdom
Dorothy Scouler
Florence Haynes
Eileen Edwards
Rose Thompson
49.8   France
Louise Bellon
Geneviève Laloz
Yolande Plancke
Marguerite Radideau
51.2   Czechoslovakia 52.8
1000 m track walk Daisy Crossley
  United Kingdom
5:10.0 Albertine Regel
5:12.4 Only two starters
High jump Hélène Bons
1.50 m Hilda Hatt
  United Kingdom
1.45 m Inga Broman
1.45 m
Long jump Kinue Hitomi
5.50 m Muriel Gunn
  United Kingdom
5.44 m Zdena Smolová
5.28 m
Standing long jump Kinue Hitomi
2.49 m Zdena Smolová
2.47 m Barbara Holliday
  United Kingdom
2.37 m
Discus throw Halina Konopacka
37.71 m Kinue Hitomi
33.62 m Elsa Svensson
31.78 m
Javelin throw
Two handed
Anne-Lisa Adelsköld
49.15 m Louise Fawcett
  United Kingdom
45.41 m Märta Hallgren
45.06 m
Shot put
Two handed [nb]
Maria Vidlaková
19.54 m Elsa Svensson
19.42 m Halina Konopacka
19.25 m
  • nb Each athlete in the shot put and javelin throw events threw using their right hand, then their left. Their final mark was the total of the best mark with their right-handed throw and the best mark with their left-handed throw.

Also Sophie Mary Eliott-Lynn competed at javelin throw coming fourth with a throw of 44.63 metres and Mary Weston finished sixth in the shot put.

Points table

Place Nation Points
1   United Kingdom 50
2   France 27
3   Sweden 20
4   Czechoslovakia 19
5   Japan 15
6   Poland 7
7   Latvia 1


  1. ^ a b Jeux Mondiaux Féminins[permanent dead link] Commission documentation et histoire, cdm.athle.com (accessdate = 15 August 2016)
  2. ^ a b c d Kidd, Bruce (1994). "The Women's Olympic Games: Important Breakthrough Obscured By Time". CAAWS Action Bulletin. Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Buchanan, Ian (2000). "Asia's First Female Olympian" (PDF). Journal of Olympic History (September). International Society of Olympic Historians: 22–23. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b Quintillan, Ghislaine (February–March 2000). "Alice Milliat and the Women's Games" (PDF). Olympic Review (XXVI-31). International Olympic Committee: 27–28. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Chronique de l'athlétisme féminin Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine NordNet.fr, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  6. ^ Svenska dagbladets yearbook 1926 Runeberg.org, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  7. ^ FSFI Women's World Games GBR Athletics, Retrieved 10 December 2013