Tug-Of-War at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Tug-of-war has been contested at the Olympics in 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, and 1920. In 1912 five teams entered, but Austria, Bohemia, and Luxembourg withdrew, for unknown reasons; thus, the only event was a single match between Great Britain and the host Swedish team. The two teams were represented mostly by policemen, with the British team from the London City Police, while the Swedish tuggers represented the Stockholm and Göteborg police, with one puller a fisherman from Sandhamn. A best-of-three competition, Sweden won the match in two pulls, with the second pull a default when the British team sat down during the pull for better leverage. The event was contested at the main Olympiastadion in Stockholm.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Tug-Of-War, Men Olympic 8 July 1912 16 2
16 (16/0) 2 (2/0)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Tug-Of-War, Men SwedenSWE Great BritainGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sweden SWE 1 0 0 1
Great Britain GBR 0 1 0 1