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Tug of war at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Men's tug of war
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Date July 8
Competitors 16 from 2 nations
Gold medal   
Silver medal   

The tug of war contest at the 1912 Summer Olympics consisted of a single match, as only two teams entered the competition.

Sweden was represented by the Stockholm Police, while Great Britain's team came from the defending champion City of London Police. Austria, Bohemia, and Luxembourg had all entered teams, but failed to appear.

The withdrawals of those three teams turned what had been planned as a 10-match round-robin tournament into a single-match bout between Sweden and Great Britain. The bout consisted of a best-two-of-three contest. The competition was held on July 8, 1912. In the first pull, the Swedish team steadily pulled the British squad across the center mark. After a five-minute break, the second pull was started. In this one, neither team gained the victory through pulling the other across the line, but after a prolonged stalemate a couple of the London men succumbed to exhaustion and sat on the ground, disqualifying them and giving the Swedes the victory.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tug of war  Great Britain (GBR)
City of London Police
Alexander Munro
John Sewell
John James Shepherd
Joseph Dowler
Edwin Mills
Frederick Humphreys
Mathias Hynes
Walter Chaffe
none awarded
The winning team of Sweden.


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