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Sporting Highlights for 1920

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1920.

The major event of this year was the Olympic Games held in Antwerp Belgium, contested by 2,626 athletes from 29 countries. The winter games was not inaugurated at this time and some of the events that are currently part of the winter games were contested as part of the summer games. The United States dominated the games winning 41 gold medals and 95 total medals. Sweden and Great Britain finished in second and third place with 64 and 43 total medals.

Belgium rider Philippe Thys won the Tour de France for the third time in his career, this time by winning at four stages, the most number of stages he had ever won. His three wins at the event has been matched or surpassed by only six other riders in the history of the event.

Bill Tilden won the Wimbledon and the US Open for his first and second career slam titles. Pat O'Hara Wood won the Australian Open, also for his first slam title. After that year, Tilden and Wood had contrasting careers, Wood won only one other slam whereas Tilden went on to win eight more.

In women's tennis Suzanne Lengle and Molla Bjurstedt Mallory took the Wimbledon and the US Open titles respectively.

Also this year, the National Football League (NFL) commenced play, as did the National Negro Baseball League.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1920.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Pat Wood
April 20 - Sept 12 the Olympic Games were held in Antwerp, Belgium
June Golf US Open won by Ted Ray
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Philippe Thys
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Bill Tilden and Suzanne Lenglen
July Golf The Open Championship won by George Duncan
Aug Golf US PGA won by Jock Hutchison
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by Bill Tilden and Molla Mallory
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Cleveland Indians

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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