Tug of war at the Summer Olympics

Tug of war at the Summer Olympics
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Tug of war competition in 1904 Summer Olympics
The victorious City of London Police team that won the tug of war gold medal at the London Olympics in 1908. (Back row - left to right): Frederick Merriman, John James Shepherd, Edwin Mills, Albert Ireton, Frederick Goodfellow, Frederick Humphreys
(Front row - left to right): Edward Barrett, H. Duke (Captain), William Hirons

Tug of war was contested as a team event in the Summer Olympics at the Games of every Olympiad from 1900 to 1920. Originally the competition was entered by groups called clubs. A country could enter more than one club in the competition, making it possible for one country to earn multiple medals. This happened in 1904, when the United States won all three medals, and in 1908 when the podium was occupied by three British teams.[1] Sweden was also among the top countries with two medals, one as a member of the mixed team.

During its time as an Olympic sport, it was considered to be part of the Olympic athletics programme, although the sports of tug of war and athletics are now considered distinct.[2]

  1. ^ "Olympic Results, Gold Medalists and Official Records". olympic.org. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ Past Olympic Sports. Olympics/IOC. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.

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