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Denmark at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Denmark competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 154 competitors, 150 men and 4 women, took part in 66 events in 14 sports.[1]

Denmark at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Flag of Denmark.svg
IOC codeDEN
NOCNational Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark
Websitewww.dif.dk (in Danish) (in English)
in Antwerp
Competitors154 (150 men and 4 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearerRobert Johnsen
Medals
Ranked 10th
Gold
3
Silver
9
Bronze
1
Total
13
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Contents

MedalistsEdit

GoldEdit

SilverEdit

BronzeEdit

AthleticsEdit

18 athletes represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's fifth appearance in athletics, a sport in which Denmark had competed each time the country appeared at the Olympics. Henry Petersen took the country's only medal, a silver in the pole vault. This was Denmark's best ever result in athletics at the time, topping Ernst Schulz's bronze from 1900, and remains tied for best result through the 2008 Games.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Albert Andersen 10000 m N/A 32:58.4 3 Q Did not finish
Cross country N/A Unknown 20
Fritiof Andersen 100 m Unknown 4 Did not advance
Julius Ebert 10000 m N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 35
Rudolf Hansen Marathon N/A 2:41:39.4 8
Axel Jensen Marathon N/A Did not finish
Jón Jónsen 5000 m N/A Unknown 7 Did not advance
Cross country N/A Unknown 28
Artur Nielsen 5000 m N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Cross country N/A Did not finish
Niels Pedersen 3 km walk N/A 14:06.3 5 Q 13:36.8 11
10 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
Gunnar Rasmussen 3 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
10 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
Sofus Rose Marathon N/A 2:41:18.0 5
August Sørensen 100 m 11.3 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
200 m 23.8 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
Henrik Sørensen Cross country N/A Unknown 27
Marinus Sørensen 100 m 11.2 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
Henri Thorsen 110 m hurdles N/A 16.8 1 Q Unknown 4 Did not finish
Fritiof Andersen
August Sørensen
Marinus Sørensen
Henri Thorsen
4 × 100 m relay N/A 43.8 2 Q 43.3 5
Albert Andersen
Julius Ebert
Jón Jónsen
Artur Nielsen
Henrik Sørensen
Team cross country N/A 53 7
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Valther Jensen Discus throw 38.23 7 Did not advance
Laurits Jørgensen Pole vault 3.60 1 Q 3.60 6
Frederik Petersen Shot put 12.525 11 Did not advance
Javelin throw 42.13 19 Did not advance
Henry Petersen Pole vault 3.60 1 Q 3.70  

BoxingEdit

12 boxers represented Denmark at the 1920 Games. It was the nation's second appearance in boxing. Three boxers advanced to the finals in their weight classes, but none was able to win a gold medal. The three silvers were Denmark's first Olympic boxing medals, and placed the nation in sixth for the boxing medal count in 1920.

Boxer Weight class Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / Bronze match
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Emil Andreasen Light heavyweight N/A Bye   White (GBR)
L
Did not advance 5
Nick Clausen Featherweight Bye   Newton (CAN)
W
  Zivic (USA)
L
Did not advance 5
Einer Jensen Flyweight N/A   Cuthbertson (GBR)
L
Did not advance 9
Johan Jensen Lightweight N/A   Newton (CAN)
L
Did not advance 9
Gotfred Johansen Lightweight N/A   Neys (BEL)
W
  Cassidy (USA)
W
  Newton (CAN)
W
  Mosberg (USA)
L
 
Georg Kruse Middleweight Bye   Rey-Golliet (FRA)
L
Did not advance 9
Hans Jacob Nielsen Featherweight Bye   Cater (GBR)
L
Did not advance 9
Martin Olsen Middleweight Bye   White (GBR)
W
  Strømme (NOR)
L
Did not advance 5
Anders Pedersen Flyweight N/A   van Dijk (NED)
W
  Zivic (USA)
W
  Cuthbertson (GBR)
W
  Genaro (USA)
L
 
Søren Petersen Heavyweight N/A Bye   Dove (GBR)
W
  Spengler (USA)
W
  Rawson (GBR)
L
 
Ivan Schannong Welterweight   Heuckelbach (NED)
W
  Colberg (USA)
L
Did not advance 9
August Suhr Welterweight Bye   Smet (BEL)
W
  Ireland (GBR)
L
Did not advance 5

CyclingEdit

Six cyclists represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. The road cycling team came in fourth in the team time trial, the closest the Danish cyclists had come to a medal in either Games to that point.

Road cyclingEdit

Cyclist Event Final
Result Rank
Georg Claussen Time trial 5:02:12.2 20
Kristian Frisch Time trial 5:01:18.8 19
Johan Johansen Time trial 4:52:00.2 11
Johan Lundgren Time trial 4:58:01.0 17
Georg Claussen
Kristian Frisch
Johan Johansen
Johan Lundgren
Team time trial 19:52:32.2 4

Track cyclingEdit

Ranks given are within the heat.

Cyclist Event Heats Quarterfinals Repechage semis Repechage final Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Henri Andersen Sprint 13.6 1 Q Unknown 2 R Unknown 2 Did not advance
Axel Hansen Sprint Unknown 3 Did not advance
Henri Andersen
Axel Hansen
Tandem N/A Unknown 2 N/A Did not advance

DivingEdit

Five divers, three men and two women, represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's debut appearance in the sport. Clausen took the nation's only diving medal of the Games, winning the gold in the women's 10 metre platform event.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Herold Jansson Plain high dive 13 152.0 2 Q 27 159.0 6
Paul Køhler 10 m platform 23 387.40 5 Did not advance
Svend Sørensen 10 m platform 21 414.80 5 Did not advance
Plain high dive 27 1370 5 Did not advance
Women

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Stefanie Clausen 10 m platform 15 153.0 3 Q 6 173.0  
Louise Petersen 10 m platform 34 130.0 8 Did not advance

FencingEdit

Eight fencers represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's fifth appearance in the sport—the most of any nation in 1920. The country's best individual result was Osiier's eighth-place finish in the foil, with the best team finish also coming in the foil with a fourth-place showing.

Ranks given are within the group.

Fencer Event First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Otto Bærentzen Épée 4–4 5 Did not advance
Aage Berntsen Épée 3–4 4 Q 4–7 10 Did not advance
Foil N/A 0–5 6 Did not advance
Sabre N/A 5–2 4 Q 0–6 7 Did not advance
Verner Bonde Foil N/A 0–4 5 Did not advance
Georg Hegner Épée 1–7 8 Did not advance
Foil N/A 4–4 4 Did not advance
Einar Levison Épée 4–2 3 Q 4–4 3 Q 0–11 12 Did not advance
Foil N/A 4–2 3 Q 1–4 5 Did not advance
Ivan Osiier Épée 3–6 7 Did not advance
Foil N/A 4–2 2 Q 3–2 3 Q 4–7 8
Poul Rasmussen Épée 6–3 2 Q 4–6 9 Did not advance
Kay Schrøder Épée 3–4 6 Did not advance
Foil N/A 0–8 9 Did not advance
Aage Berntsen
Verner Bonde
Einar Levison
Ivan Osiier
Poul Rasmussen
Team sabre[2] N/A 2–5 6
Georg Hegner
Einar Levison
Ivan Osiier
Poul Rasmussen
Kay Schrøder
Team foil[2] N/A 3–1 2 Q 1–3 4
Otto Bærentzen
Aage Berntsen
Georg Hegner
Einar Levison
Ivan Osiier
Poul Rasmussen
Team épée[2] N/A 1–4 5 Did not advance

Field hockeyEdit

Denmark competed in field hockey for the first time. The team took second place in the four-team round robin, losing to Great Britain but defeating Belgium and France.

Team Event Final
Result Rank
Denmark national field hockey team Field hockey 2–1  

FootballEdit

Head coach: Jack Carr

GymnasticsEdit

Modern pentathlonEdit

Four pentathletes represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport, having competed at both instances of the Olympic modern pentathlon.

A point-for-place system was used, with the lowest total score winning.

Pentathlete Final
Riding Fencing Shooting Swimming Running Total Rank
Ejner Augsburg 14 4 14 8 17 57 9
Harry Bjørnholm 8 20 18 3 15 61 12
Marius Christensen 12 7 3 7 18 47 5
Johan Skjoldager 7 17 22 20 14 77 20

RowingEdit

A single rower represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. Denmark's lone sculler placed second in his quarterfinal heat, not advancing to the semifinals.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Cox Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Theodor Eyrich N/A Single sculls 8:11.0 2 Did not advance

ShootingEdit

Fifteen shooters represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's fifth appearance in the sport as well as the Olympics; Denmark was one of three nations (along with France and Great Britain) to have competed in each edition of the Olympic shooting events to that point. With a victory in the standing military rifle, Denmark took its first gold in shooting since 1900. Larsen and Madsen (both among the members of that five-man team) also added a silver medal each.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Anton Andersen[3] 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 878 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone Unknown
Christian Andersen 50 m free pistol 407 Unknown
Povl Gerlow 600 m military rifle, prone 57 8
Laurits Larsen 50 m free pistol 475 4
Niels Larsen 50 m free pistol 470 5
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 989  
300 m military rifle, prone Unknown
300 m military rifle, standing 51 Unknown
600 m military rifle, prone 55 Unknown
Niels Laursen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 903 Unknown
Lars Jørgen Madsen 50 m free pistol 450 Unknown
50 m small-bore rifle 378 Unknown
300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 951 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone 57 Unknown
300 m military rifle, standing 55  
600 m military rifle, prone 55 Unknown
Christen Møller 50 m small-bore rifle 359 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone Unknown
600 m military rifle, prone 55 Unknown
Anders Peter Nielsen 50 m small-bore rifle 374 Unknown
300 m military rifle, standing 53 7
Carl Pedersen 50 m free pistol 413 Unknown
Anders Petersen 300 m military rifle, standing 53 7
Peter Petersen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 923 Unknown
Otto Plantener 50 m free pistol 419 Unknown
Erik Sætter-Lassen 50 m small-bore rifle 378 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone Unknown
300 m military rifle, standing 54 4
Otto Wegener 50 m small-bore rifle 373 Unknown
600 m military rifle, prone 56 Unknown
Anton Andersen[3]
Niels Larsen
Niels Laursen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Peter Petersen
Team free rifle 4644 5
Anton Andersen[3]
Niels Larsen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Peter Petersen
Otto Plantener
300 m team military rifle, prone 268 13
Christian Andersen
Niels Larsen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Carl Pedersen
Otto Plantener
50 m team free pistol 2159 8
Niels Larsen
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Anders Peter Nielsen
Anders Petersen
Erik Sætter-Lassen
300 m team military rifle, standing 266  
Lars Jørgen Madsen
Christen Møller
Anders Peter Nielsen
Erik Sætter-Lassen
Otto Wegener
50 m team small-bore rifle 1862 4

TennisEdit

Three tennis players, one man and two women, competed for Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport. The team won no medals, but the mixed pair of Hansen and Tegner took fourth place after winning two matches to advance to the semifinals before losing there and in the bronze medal match.

Player Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Rank
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Elsebeth Brehm Women's singles N/A   Dupont (BEL)
W 6–3, 6–4
  Strömberg (SWE)
L 7–5, 6–3
Did not advance 9
Amory Hansen Women's singles N/A Bye   D'Ayen (FRA)
L 6–2, 6–3
Did not advance 9
Erik Tegner Men's singles Bye   Kashio (JPN)
L 6–3, 6–1, 6–2
Did not advance 17
Elsebreth Brehm
Amory Hansen
Women's doubles N/A N/A Bye   Arendt & Storms (BEL)
L 6–1, 6–1
Did not advance 5
Amory Hansen
Erik Tegner
Mixed doubles N/A Bye   de Borman & Washer (BEL)
W 4–6, 8–6, 6–3
  Malström & Strömberg (SWE)
W 0–6, 6–1, 6–2
  Décugis & Lenglen (FRA)
L 6–0, 6–1
  Skrbková & Žemla-Rázný (TCH)
L 8–6, 6–4
4

WeightliftingEdit

Five weightlifters, one in each weight class, represented Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport, having competed in 1896 but not in 1900. Ejnar Jensen had the best result, placing fourth in the unlimited heavyweight class.

Weightlifter Weight class Final
Result Rank
Niels Florin 60 kg 180.0 10
Thorvald Hansen 67.5 kg 202.5 11
Christian Jensen 75 kg 215.0 6
Ejnar Jensen +82.5 kg 250.0 4
Søren Petersen 82.5 kg 217.5 10

WrestlingEdit

Ten wrestlers competed for Denmark in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. All of the Danish wrestlers competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, with none participating in the freestyle competitions. Hansen was the only Dane to win a medal match, taking the heavyweight silver. Eriksen also won a bronze medal, after losing the silver medal match in the only weight class in which no bronze tournament was held. Frisenfeldt reached a silver medal final, while Torgensen reached a bronze match; both lost those matches.

Greco-RomanEdit

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Rank
Silver quarters Silver semis Silver match
Bronze quarters Bronze semis Bronze match
Emil Christensen Middleweight   Lindfors (FIN) (L) Did not advance Did not advance 5
Did not advance
Bye   Johnsen (NOR) (L) Did not advance
Fritz Christiansen Lightweight   Väre (FIN) (L) Did not advance Did not advance 9
  Janssens (BEL) (L) Did not advance
Did not advance
Johannes Eriksen Light heavyweight Bye   Pendleton (USA) (W)   Johansson (SWE) (L) Did not advance  
N/A   Sint (NED) (W)   Rosenqvist (FIN) (L)
N/A
Frants Frisenfeldt Lightweight   Pavlidis (GRE) (W)   Savonnet (BEL) (W)   Metropoulos (USA) (W)   Väre (FIN) (L) Did not advance 7
Bye   Rohon (FRA) (W)   Tamminen (FIN) (L)
  Andersen (NOR) (L) Did not advance
Poul Hansen Heavyweight Bye   Weyand (USA) (W)   Nieminen (FIN) (W)   Lindfors (FIN) (L) Did not advance  
  Dame (FRA) (W)   Gasiglia (FRA) (W)   Willkie (USA) (W)
Won silver
Svend Jensen Featherweight Bye   Svensson (SWE) (L) Did not advance 11
N/A Did not advance
Did not advance
Emil Larsen Heavyweight Bye   Nieminen (FIN) (L) Did not advance 12
Did not advance
Did not advance
Svend Nielsen Middleweight   Leloux (NED) (W)   Perttilä (FIN) (L) Did not advance 12
Did not advance
Did not advance
Axel Tetens Light heavyweight Bye   Kruusenberg (EST) (W)   Maichle (USA) (W)   Johansson (SWE) (L) Did not advance 4
N/A   Rosenqvist (FIN) (L) Did not advance
N/A
Rasmus Torgensen Featherweight   Řezáč (TCH) (W)   Bovis (FRA) (W)   Kähkönen (FIN) (L) Did not advance 4
N/A Did not advance
  Brian (USA) (W)   Pütsep (EST) (W)   Svensson (SWE) (L)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Denmark at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Denmark Fencing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games". Sports-Reference. Composition for teams.
  3. ^ a b c De Wael claims Anton Andersen competed in the free rifle, while a separate shooter named Anders Andersen competed in the military rifle. Sports-Reference, however, indicates that these are the same person.