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Rowing at the 1920 Summer Olympics


Rowing at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The Olympic Rowing Events at the 1920 Summer Olympics, the first Olympics after World War I, saw five events. The competitions were held from August 27, 1920 to August 29, 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The event was marked by the arrival of future triple Gold Medalists John B. Kelly, Sr., Jack Beresford and Paul Costello. Kelly and Beresford would stage a dramatic dual for the singles title, with Kelly prevailing. Immediately after his victory, Kelly would step into the double with his cousin Paul Costello, and easily win the gold in that event. Beresford, though he didn't win Gold in these Olympics, would medal at five straight Olympics.

In the 8 man boat, the United States was represented by the United States Naval Academy. The United States would be represented by University crews at the next 7 games in the Men's Eight, winning each time.



  • Medal summary 1
  • Participating nations 2
  • Medal table 3
  • References 4

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
single sculls
 John B. Kelly, Sr. (USA)  Jack Beresford (GBR)  Darcy Hadfield (NZL)
double sculls
 Paul Costello
and John B. Kelly, Sr. (USA)
 Pietro Annoni
and Erminio Dones (ITA)
 Gaston Giran
and Alfred Plé (FRA)
coxed pairs
 Italy (ITA)
Ercole Olgeni
Giovanni Scatturin
Guido De Filip
 France (FRA)
Gabriel Poix
Maurice Bouton
Ernest Barberolle
 Switzerland (SUI)
Édouard Candeveau
Alfred Felber
Paul Piaget
coxed fours
 Switzerland (SUI)
Willy Brüderlin
Max Rudolf
Paul Rudolf
Hans Walter
Paul Staub
 United States (USA)
Kenneth Myers
Carl Klose
Franz Federschmidt
Erich Federschmidt
Sherman Clark
 Norway (NOR)
Birger Var
Theodor Klem
Henry Larsen
Per Gulbrandsen
Thoralf Hagen
 United States (USA)
Virgil Jacomini
Edwin Graves
William Jordan
Edward Moore
Alden Sanborn
Donald Johnston
Vincent Gallagher
Clyde King
Sherman Clark
 Great Britain (GBR)
Ewart Horsfall
Guy Oliver Nickalls
Richard Lucas
Walter James
John Campbell
Sebastian Earl
Ralph Shove
Sidney Swann
Robin Johnstone
 Norway (NOR)
Theodor Nag
Conrad Olsen
Adolf Nilsen
Håkon Ellingsen
Thore Michelsen
Arne Mortensen
Karl Nag
Tollef Tollefsen
Thoralf Hagen

Participating nations

A total of 136 rowers from 14 nations competed at the Antwerp Games:

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 3 1 0 4
2  Italy (ITA) 1 1 0 2
3  Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 1 2
4  Great Britain (GBR) 0 2 0 2
5  France (FRA) 0 1 1 2
6  Norway (NOR) 0 0 2 2
7  New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 1 1


  • International Olympic Committee medal database
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