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Polo, Men

Date28 June – 12 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationSaint-Cloud Country Club, Saint-Cloud / Polo de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne
Participants24 from 5 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

Five teams entered the 1924 Olympic polo tournament, but the favorites were Argentina and the United States. They had never met in an international match, but as the world’s top polo nations, would later begin a series of matches, the Cup de las Americas. The US was led by Tommy Hitchcock, a 10-goal player from 1922-1940, and supported by Elmer Boeseke, who would later attain 10-goal status briefly in 1934. Also on the US team was Rod Wanamaker, the grandson of the founder of the Wanamaker Department Store chain. The tournament was a round-robin but it came down to the USA-Argentina match. The US was leading early on, but Argentina tied the match in the final minutes, and then Juan Miles scored a goal in the final chukka to give Argentina a 6-5 victory.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ArgentinaARGGold
Arturo KennyGuillermo NaylorJack NelsonEnrique PadillaJuan Miles
2United StatesUSASilver
Elmer BoesekeTommy HitchcockFred RoeRod Wanamaker
3Great BritainGBRBronze
Freddie GuestDenis BinghamFrederick BarrettPercival Wise
4SpainESP
Luis de FigueroaJusto San MiguelHernando Fitz-JamesÁlvaro de FigueroaRafael FernándezLeopoldo Saínz de la Maza
5FranceFRA
Pierre de JumilhacJean, Count PastréJules MacaireHubert de MonbrisonCharles de Polignac

Round-Robin (28 June – 12 July 1924)

Round-robin pool.

Match #1 USA 13 – 1FRA
Match #2 USA 15 – 2ESP
Match #3 USA 10 – 2GBR
Match #4 ARG 16 – 2ESP
Match #5 GBR 16 – 2FRA
Match #6 ARG 6 – 5USA
Match #7 GBR 10 – 3ESP
Match #8 ARG 9 – 5GBR
Match #9 ESP 15 – 1FRA
Match #10 ARG 15 – 2FRA