Tug of war at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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. This was the last time the tug of war was in the Olympic program.

Men's tug of war
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Tug of war pictogram.svg
VenueOlympisch Stadion
DatesAugust 17–18
Competitors40 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Netherlands
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Belgium
← 1912

Medal summaryEdit

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 nationsEdit

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 Forni
Rodolfo Rambozzi
Carlo Schiappapietra
Giuseppe Tonani
Amedeo Zotti
Cesare Cogliolo
Pietro Scasso

Gold medal roundEdit

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 roundEdit

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

Bronze medal roundEdit

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