VII Olympic Games


ANTWERP 1920

Games of the VII Olympiad


The 1916 Olympics were scheduled to be held in Berlin , but were canceled because of what came to be known as World War I. The 1920 Games were awarded to Antwerp to honor the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the war. The Opening Ceremony was notable for the introduction of the Olympic flag and the presentation of the Athletes' Oath. In a performance unequaled in Olympic history, Nedo Nadi of Italy earned gold medals in five of the six fencing events. Ethelda Bleibtrey of the United States won gold medals in all three women's swimming contests. Including preliminary heats, she swam in five races and broke the world record in every one. France 's Suzanne Lenglen dominated women's tennis singles so completely that she lost only four games in the ten sets she played. At age 72, Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn earned a silver medal in the team double-shot running deer event to become the oldest medalist ever. The 1920 12-foot dinghy sailing event was the only event in Olympic history to be held in two countries. The first race was staged in Belgium , but the last two races took place in the Netherlands because both entrants were Dutch.


Participating Nations

29

Participants

2,626 athletes (65 women, 2,561 men)

Events

154

The top three winners were: United States of America, Sweden and Great Britian


Medal Tally of 7th Olympic Games

Rank.
Nation
Medals
Gold
  Silver
Bronze
Total
1
United States of America
41
27
27
95
2
Sweden
19
18
24
61
3
Great Britain
15
15
13
43
4
Finland
15
10
9
34
5
Belgium
14
11
11
36
6
Norway
13
9
9
31
7
Italy
13
5
5
23
8
France
9
19
13
41
9
Netherlands
4
2
5
11
10
Denmark
3
9
1
13
11
South Africa
3
4
3
10
12
Canada
3
3
3
9
13
Switzerland
2
2
7
11
14
Estonia
1
2
0
3
15
Brazil
1
1
1
3
16
Australia
0
2
1
3
=17
Japan
0
2
0
2
=17
Spain
0
2
0
2
19
Greece
0
1
0
1
19
Luxembourg
0
1
0
1
21
Czechoslovakia
0
0
2
2
22
New Zealand
0
0
1
1
Total
156
145
135
436