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Tug of war at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Tug of war
at the Games of the II Olympiad
The tug of war competition
DatesJuly 16
Competitors12 from 3 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, a tug of war tournament was contested. Three teams entered, but the United States withdrew because of scheduling conflicts with the athletics program. Twelve athletes, comprising two teams and representing three nations, competed.


The match consisted of a best-of-3 format. A combined Sweden/Denmark team, made up of three competitors from each country, defeated the French team to win the title. The Sweden-Denmark team defeated France in the first two pulls, taking the gold medal easily. It was Sweden's first Olympic gold medal.

They were left as the only participating teams; the United States had entered but were forced to scratch as three of their team were involved in the final of the hammer. Edgar Aaybe was a journalist covering the Games for the Danish newspaper Politiken and was asked to join the team when another puller was taken ill. Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera was the first black medallist in the history of the Olympics.


Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed team Mixed team (ZZX)
22x20px Edgar Aabye (DEN)
22x20px August Nilsson (SWE)
22x20px Eugen Schmidt (DEN)
22x20px Gustaf Söderström (SWE)
22x20px Karl Staaf (SWE)
22x20px Charles Winckler (DEN)
France France (FRA)
Raymond Basset
Jean Collas
Charles Gondouin
Joseph Roffo
Emile Sarrade
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera

Participating nations

A total of 12 tug of war competitors from 3 nations competed at the Paris Games:

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Mixed team Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
2 France France (FRA) 0 1 0 1


  • International Olympic Committee medal winners database
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Tug of War 1900". Accessed 10 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.