The Greatest Tug of War Athlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Tug of War competitor of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male Tug-of-War athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics that the sport was included.

The best all-time performing Tug of War athletes at the Olympic Games were Frederick Humphreys, Edwin Mills and John James Shepherd with two gold medals and one silver. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Tug-of-War Athletes

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of tug-of-war for performances at all Olympiads in which it was held, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt). Three athletes equally won two golds and one silver. All mulitple medal winners are listed - however, using our ranking system all the members of the gold medal winning teams would rank higher than some of these multiple minor medal winners.

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Tug of War at the Olympic Games

rank name country Gold Silver Bronze total
=1 Frederick Humphreys Great Britain 2 1 0 3 14
=1 Edwin Mills Great Britain 2 1 0 3 14
=1 John James Shepherd Great Britain 2 1 0 3 14
4 John Sewell Great Britain 1 1 0 2 8
=5 Walter Chaffe Great Britain 0 1 1 2 3
=5 Alexander Munro Great Britain 0 1 1 2 3
=5 Joseph Dowler Great Britain 0 1 1 2 3

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic medalists. For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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