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Polo, Men

Date25 – 31 July 1920
LocationWellingtonrenbaan, Oostende
Participants17 from 4 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The Olympic Polo Tournament was played at Ostende, on the Belgian coast, quite some distance from Antwerp. The tournament began on a Sunday with Spain easily defeating the United States by 13-3. The next day, Monday, 26 July, was a windy, rainy day, but the match between Britain and Belgium still took place, the British winning by 8-3. Two days later, the United States defeated the Belgians for third place. Great Britain won the Olympic championship on 29 July by defeating Spain 13-11 in a very closely fought match. One of the Belgian players, Alfred Grisar, served as the referee for the final match. The tournament was conducted under the rules of the Hurlingham Polo Club of London. Each team was allowed four reserves but, apparently, only the Spanish had an extra rider with them.

1Great BritainGBRGold
Tim MelvillFrederick BarrettJack, Lord WodehouseVivian Lockett
Leopoldo Saínz de la MazaÁlvaro de FigueroaJosé de FigueroaHernando Fitz-JamesJacobo Fitz-James
3United StatesUSABronze
Arthur HarrisTerry AllenJack MontgomeryNelson Margetts
Alfred GrisarMaurice LysenClément Van Der StratenGaston Peers de Nieuwburgh

Semi-Finals (25 – 26 July 1920)


Match #1 ESP 13 – 3USA
Match #2 GBR 8 – 3BEL

Final Round (28 – 31 July 1920)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 GBR 13 – 11ESP
Match 3/4 USA 11 – 3BEL