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Gymnastics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Date Started: August 23, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Events: 4

Participants: 250 (250 men and 0 women) from 11 countries
Youngest Participant: DEN Harry Holm (17 years, 348 days)
Oldest Participant: BEL Henri Verhavert (45 years, 352 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FRA Marco Torrès and ITA Giorgio Zampori (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (3 medals)


The 1920 gymnastics events consisted of an individual all-around competition and three team events. The three team events were chosen to reflect the varying schools of gymnastics practised on the European continent in this era. The three team events consisted of only a few nations entering, but with many competitors allowed per team. Other than the description of the scoring methods, details of the competition have not survived. Scoring, as always in gymnastics, was controversial, notably in both team events, as described below.

Gymnastics in Belgium at this time was governed by the three competing schools – the Belgian Gymnastics Federation (founded in 1865), the Catholic Gymnastics Federation (founded in 1892), and the Socialist Gymnastics Federation (founded in 1904). In addition to the competitions, on Sunday, 22 August, the three Belgian gymnastics federations gave a collective demonstration in the Olympic Stadium.