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Tug-Of-War at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Date Started: July 8, 1912
Date Finished: July 8, 1912
Events: 1

Participants: 16 (16 men and 0 women) from 2 countries
Youngest Participant: SWE Erik Larsson (24 years, 55 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Walter Chaffe (42 years, 97 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 16 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain and SWE Sweden (1 medal)


Tug-of-war has been contested at the Olympics in 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, and 1920. In 1912 five teams entered, but Austria, Bohemia, and Luxembourg withdrew, for unknown reasons; thus, the only event was a single match between Great Britain and the host Swedish team. The two teams were represented mostly by policemen, with the British team from the London City Police, while the Swedish tuggers represented the Stockholm and Göteborg police, with one puller a fisherman from Sandhamn. A best-of-three competition, Sweden won the match in two pulls, with the second pull a default when the British team sat down during the pull for better leverage. The event was contested at the main Olympiastadion in Stockholm.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Tug-Of-War SWE Sweden GBR Great Britain