Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Ice Palace Antwerp, Antwerpen
Date Started: April 25, 1920
Date Finished: April 27, 1920
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. If no absolute majority for a place existed, the tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
It was difficult to choose favorites because of the recent war. No world or European championships had been held since 1914. The 1914 World Champion was Gösta Sandahl (SWE), who did not compete in Antwerp. [Ulrich Salchow], who won the 1908 Olympic title and lent his name to the Salchow jump, competed in Antwerp but was by then past his prime at 33 years old. This was a coming-out party for [Gillis Grafström] who would win three consecutive Olympic championships and three other World Championships. Grafström competed only three times at the World Championships but won each time - 1922, 1924, and 1929. Grafström also won an Olympic silver medal in 1932, hampered by a leg injury. Grafström was considered one of the great figure skating innovators, pioneering the spiral, the change sit spin, and the flying sit spin.
|6||Nathaniel Niles||33||United States||USA||4×6+||49.0||1,976.25|
|7||Basil Williams||29||Great Britain||GBR||4×7+||49.5||2,032.00|
|9||MacDonald Beaumont||36||Great Britain||GBR||7×9+||59.0||1,838.25|