Tug-of-War at the Olympics

The tug of war event was held at the Olympics from 1900 to 1920. Tug-of-war was always contested as a part of the track & field athletics program, although it is now considered a separate sport. This may seem like an unusual Olympic sport, but in fact it was part of the Ancient Olympics, first being held in in 500BC.

In the modern Olympics, the tug-of-war contest was between two teams of eight. One team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win. If after five minutes no team had done this, the team which had pulled the most was declared the winner.

tug-of-war at the Olympic GamesResults

The best all-time performing Tug of War athletes at the Olympic Games were Frederick Humphreys, Edwin Mills and John James Shepherd with 2 gold medals and one silver. see more on the Greatest Tug of War Athlete at the Olympic Games


  1. Sweden & Denmark
  2. USA
  3. France


  1. United States - Milwaukee Athletic Club
  2. United States - St Louis Southwest Tumverein I
  3. United States - St Louis Southwest Tumverein II
  4. United States - New York Athletic Club


  1. Germany & Switzerland
  2. Greece
  3. Sweden


  1. Great Britain - City of London Police
  2. Great Britain - Liverpool Police
  3. Great Britain - Metropolitan Police


  1. Sweden
  2. Great Britain
  3. none


  1. Great Britain
  2. Netherlands
  3. Belgium



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