Switzerland at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Switzerland competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 77 competitors, all men, took part in 45 events in 13 sports.[1]

Switzerland at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Flag of Switzerland.svg
IOC codeSUI
NOCSwiss Olympic Association
Websitewww.swissolympic.ch (in German and French)
in Antwerp
Competitors77 in 13 sports
Medals
Ranked 13th
Gold
2
Silver
2
Bronze
7
Total
11
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

MedalistsEdit

GoldEdit

SilverEdit

BronzeEdit

AquaticsEdit

DivingEdit

A single diver represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Knuchel competed in the springboard event, but was unable to advance to the final.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Paul Knuchel 3 m springboard 33 431.35 7 Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Four swimmers, all men, represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. None of the swimmers advanced to an event final.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Henri Demiéville 400 m breast 7:12.4 2 Q Unknown 4 Did not advance
Hans Drexler 1500 m free Unknown 4 Did not advance
Jean Jenni 100 m free Unknown 5 Did not advance
René Ricolfi-Doria 400 m free Unknown 5 Did not advance
1500 m free Did not finish Did not advance

Water poloEdit

Switzerland competed in the Olympic water polo tournament for the first time in 1920. A modified version of the Bergvall System was in use at the time. Switzerland lost heavily to Belgium in the opening round. Because Belgium eventually finished with the silver medal, Switzerland should have had a chance to play for the bronze; it is not clear why they did not.

Round of 16
Belgium   11–0    Switzerland Antwerp
Final rank
9th

AthleticsEdit

13 athletes represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in athletics. A pair of ninth-place finishes were the team's best results.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Stanislas Anselmetti 3 km walk N/A Disqualified Did not advance
10 km walk N/A Did not finish Did not advance
Luigi Antognini Shot put 10.32 19 N/A Did not advance
Constant Bucher Decathlon N/A 5273.280 10
Oscar Garin 10000 m N/A 33:04.4 5 Q 9
Alfred Gaschen 5000 m N/A 15:38.0 6 Did not finish
10000 m N/A 34:38.4 5 Q Did not advance
Ernst Gerspach Decathlon N/A 5947.780 9
Josef Imbach 100 m 11.0 2 Q 11.1 3 Did not advance
200 m 23.5 2 Q 23.1 2 Q Did not finish Did not advance
Hans Kindler Long jump 6.34 15 N/A Did not advance
Paul Martin 800 m N/A 1:59.8 5 Did not advance
Willi Moser 110 m hurdles N/A Did not finish Did not advance
August Waibel 100 m 4 Did not advance
200 m 4 Did not advance
Josef Imbach
Walter Leibundgut
Adolf Rysler
August Waibel
4 × 100 m relay N/A 44.2 4 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

A single boxer represented Switzerland at the 1920 Games. It was the nation's debut in boxing. Reichenbach lost his first match, in the welterweight round of 16.

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
Willy Reichenbach Welterweight Bye   Ireland (GBR)
L
Did not advance 9

FencingEdit

Eight fencers represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's fourth appearance in the sport. Switzerland competed only in the épée competitions. Edouard Fitting was the only Swiss fencer to advance to the quarterfinals, where he was eliminated. The team was much more successful than any of the individuals, advancing to the finals before finishing in fifth overall.

Ranks given are within the group.

Fencer Event First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Louis de Tribolet Épée 3–5 6 Did not advance
Eugène Empeyta Épée 3–5 6 Did not advance
Edouard Fitting Épée 5–4 3 Q 3–7 8 Did not advance
Frédéric Fitting Épée 2–5 7 Did not advance
Henri Jacquet Épée 2–6 8 Did not advance
John Albaret
Louis de Tribolet
Eugène Empeyta
Édouard Fitting
Frédéric Fitting
Henri Jacquet
Léopold Montagnier
Franz Wilhelm
Team épée[2] N/A 3–1 2 Q 1–4 5

Ice hockeyEdit

Switzerland competed in the inaugural Olympic ice hockey tournament. The team suffered the most lopsided loss of the tournament in a 29–0 defeat by the United States in the quarterfinals, Switzerland's first match. The American team's eventual winning of the silver medal qualified Switzerland for the bronze medal tournament. In the bronze medal semifinals, the Swiss played a closer game but still lost to Sweden, 4–0.

Roster

Coach:   Max Sillig

Pos Player GP G Birthdate Age
F Rodolphe Cuendet 1 0
R Louis Dufour Jr. 2 0 July 26, 1901 18
F Max Holzboer 1 0
D Marius Jaccard 2 0 March 27, 1898 22
F Bruno Leuzinger 1 0 January 6, 1886 34
D Paul Lob 2 0 July 13, 1893 26
G René Savoie 2 0 February 9, 1896 24
F Max Sillig 1 0 November 19, 1873 46
F Walter von Siebenthal 1 0 June 6, 1899 20
D Louis Dufour Sr. 1 0 1873 ~47
Gold medal quarterfinals
24 April 1920
17:00
United States  29 – 0
(15–0, 14–0)
   SwitzerlandPalais de Glace d'Anvers
Bronze medal semifinals
28 April 1920
23:30
Sweden  4 – 0
(0–0, 4–0)
   SwitzerlandPalais de Glace d'Anvers
Final rank
5th (Tied)

RowingEdit

Thirteen rowers represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Two of the four boats won medals, with the coxed fours team taking gold and the coxed pairs taking bronze.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Cox Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Max Schmid N/A Single sculls 7:49.0 2 Did not advance
Édouard Candeveau
Alfred Felber
Paul Piaget Coxed pair N/A 8:50.0 1 Q Unknown  
Willy Brüderlin
Max Rudolf
Paul Rudolf
Hans Walter
Paul Staub Coxed four N/A 7:03.0 1 Q 6:54.0  
P. Baur
Rudolf Bosshard
Willy Brüderlin
Charles Freuler
Max Rudolf
Paul Rudolf
Franz Türler
Hans Walter
Paul Staub Eight 6:21.4 2 Did not advance

SkatingEdit

Figure skatingEdit

A single figure skater represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Megroz took eighth place out of nine skaters in the men's singles.

Skater Event Final
Result Rank
Alfred Megroz Men's singles 52.5 8

ShootingEdit

Fifteen shooters represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport, and first since 1900. The team's five bronze medals gave Switzerland the fourth-most total medals in 1920, but put them behind ten other teams who had won at least one gold or silver.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
Gustave Amoudruz 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 959 Unknown
Ulrich Fahrner 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 947 Unknown
Fritz Kuchen 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 961 Unknown
300 m military rifle, prone 59  
Werner Schneeberger 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 947 Unknown
Bernard Siegenthaler 300 m free rifle, 3 pos. 906 Unknown
Fritz Zulauf 30 m military pistol 269  
Eugene Addor
Joseph Jehle
Fritz Kuchen
Werner Schneeberger
Weibel
300 & 600 m team military rifle, prone 563  
Gustave Amoudruz
Hans Egli
Domenico Giambonini
Joseph Jehle
Fritz Zulauf
30 m team military pistol 1270  
Gustave Amoudruz
Hans Egli
Domenico Giambonini
Bernard Siegenthaler
Fritz Zulauf
50 m team free pistol 2136 9
Gustave Amoudruz
Ulrich Fahrner
Fritz Kuchen
Werner Schneeberger
Bernard Siegenthaler
Team free rifle 4698  
Fritz Kuchen
Walter Lienhard
Arnold Rösli
Albert Tröndle
Caspar Widmer
300 m team military rifle, prone 281 4
300 m team military rifle, standing 234 8
600 m team military rifle, prone 279 6

TennisEdit

Three tennis players, all men, competed for Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Simon was the only one of the Swiss players to win a match; Syz and Chiesa each lost their first, as did the Simon and Syz pair in the doubles.

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
Alberto Henri Chiesa Men's singles Bye   Brugnon (FRA)
W 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
Did not advance 17
Charles Simon Men's singles Bye   de Satrústegui (ESP)
W 3–6, 8–6, 6–2, 6–8, 6–2
  Malström (SWE)
L 6–2, 6–2, 6–0
Did not advance 9
Hans Syz Men's singles   Lammens (BEL)
L 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Did not advance 32
Charles Simon
Hans Syz
Men's doubles N/A Bye   Balbi & Colombo (ITA)
L 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Did not advance 9

WeightliftingEdit

Two weightlifters represented Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Both men won medals, though neither was able to take a gold.

Weightlifter Event Final
Result Rank
Fridriech Hünenberger 82.5 kg 275.0  
Eugène Ryter 60 kg 210.0  

WrestlingEdit

Four wrestlers, all in the freestyle discipline, competed for Switzerland in 1920. It was the nation's debut in the sport. Roth took the gold medal in the unlimited weight class, with Courant taking silver in the light heavyweight.

FreestyleEdit

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals / Bronze match Rank
Otto Bron Middleweight Bye   Leino (FIN) (L) Did not advance 9
Charles Courant Light heavyweight N/A Bye   van Rensburg (RSA) (W)   Redman (USA) (W)   Larsson (SWE) (L)  
Daniel Kaiser Featherweight N/A Bye   Ackerly (USA) (L) Did not advance 5
Robert Roth Heavyweight N/A   Salila (FIN) (W)   Meyer (USA) (W)   Pendleton (USA) (W)  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Switzerland at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Netherlands Fencing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Composition for teams.

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