Summer Olympics 1920 in Antwerp
Summer Olympics, VII in a row, held in Antwerp. Officially, they were opened on August 14 and closed - AUGUST 30. However, the first event in the framework of their (race skaters and hockey players) were carried out in April. In July, the sailors were fighting for medals and arrows, and the players played in August and September.
Olympic Games 1920 in Antwerp were in total from 23 April to 12 September. Over the top honors in 158 disciplines of 25 sports athletes competed in 2675 (including 78 women) from 29 countries. The youngest participant was Nils Skoglund of Sweden (14 years and 8 days), the oldest - Oscar Swahn, again from Sweden (72 years and 281 days). Most of all earned medals the US team - 94 pieces. Most Americans have been medals Lloyd Spooner and Willis Lee - 7 pieces. athletics competition was held from 15 to 23 August. For medals 509 men competed in 29 disciplines. The youngest athlete was Spaniard Diego Ordonez (16 years and 283 days), the oldest - a native of the United States Matt McGrath (42 and 243 days). Most awards have earned the Finn Paavo Nurmi and Swede Erik Backman - 4 medals. In men, the first time the race has been added to the 3000 m steeplechase. Athletes from Germany and allied with her country in World War I (Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria-Hungary) were not invited. For political reasons at the Olympics and athletes did not come from Soviet Russia. In Antwerp, for the first time raised the Olympic flag and Olympic Oath delivered - these traditions are observed today. The hero of the Games was the Finn Paavo Nurmi, who won the cross in the individual and team competitions and running 10,000 meters, as well as earned a "silver" in the women's 5,000 meters Englishman Albert Hill earned two top honors -. In the 800 and 1500 m in. Antwerp finished his career by winning his fourth Olympic gold medal of his career (marathon), one of the heroes of the Olympic Games 1912 in Stockholm - distance runner Hannes Kolehmainen. In addition to the four gold medals he had one "silver". The total medal count (number of top awards), topped the US team with 9 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze medals. In Finland, it was also 9 gold medals, but silver and bronze, respectively, were 4 and 3. Third place - United Kingdom - 4 awards each denomination.