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  • News | Antwerp 1920

    "La Divine" Suzanne Lenglen lights up the Antwerp 1920 Games

    Suzanne Lenglen – undoubtedly the greatest French female tennis player of all time. World champion at the age of 15, a six-time winner at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon and the first real global tennis star, she won the women’s singles tournament 99 years ago at Antwerp 1920, losing only four games in the process. She also claimed gold in the mixed doubles with Max Decugis, and bronze in the women’s doubles alongside Élisabeth d'Ayen.
    24 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Tennis, LENGLEN, Suzanne, France
  • Antwerp 1920 | Summer Games

    Antwerp 1920

    20 Apr - 12 Sep | 2622 | 29 | 156
  • Document

    Antwerp 1920

    Lacking the necessary funds, the Organising Committee did not publish an official report after the Games. In 1927, the Belgian National Olympic Committee did however publish a typewritten report dating from 1920, which existed only in French, entitled “VIIème Olympiade Anvers 1920”. A second edition of this report was published in 1957 with the title “Rapport officiel des Jeux de la VIIème Olympiade Anvers 1920”.
  • Olympic oath (Antwerp 1920)

    Olympic oath (Antwerp 1920)

    Victor Boin, a Belgian who practised fencing and water polo at Olympic level, delivered the first Olympic oath in Games history. Here is its content in 1920: “We swear that we are taking part in the Olympic Games as loyal competitors, observing the rules governing the Games, and anxious to show a spirit of chivalry for the honour of our countries and for the glory of sport.” ©IOC
    Monday, January 4, 2010 10:55 AM | Photo
  • Winner’s medal Antwerp 1920

    Winner’s medal Antwerp 1920

    The reverse of the medal shows a view of Antwerp with, in the foreground, a representation of Brabo, a statue in the Market Square in Antwerp. This sculpture commemorates the feats of a Roman soldier – Silvio Brabo – who killed a giant who was terrorising the region. In the background, it is possible to make out the Cathedral and Port of Antwerp ©IOC
    Monday, January 4, 2010 10:46 AM | Photo
  • Summer Games Antwerp 1920 Medal

    Summer Games Antwerp 1920 Medal

    On the obverse, a tall, naked athlete, holding in his left hand a palm leaf and a laurel crown, symbols of victory. Behind him, the figure of the Renommée playing the trumpet. In the background, a frieze with a Greek motif with the inscription "VII OLYMPIADE" underneath. On the reverse, the Antwerp monument, commemorating the legend of Brabo throwing into the Scheldt the hand of the giant Druoon Antigoon, who had been terrorizing the river. In the background, the cathedral and port of Antwerp. In the top half, the inscription “ ANVERS MCMXX ”. The legend says that in Antiquity, this cruel giant forced all vessels on the river to pay a toll. If the captain refused to pay, he cut off his hand. The giant spread terror amongst the sailors for many long years, until the day he met Silvius Brabo. This courageous Roman soldier dared to take on the giant and succeeded in killing him. As revenge for his victims, he cut off the giant's hand and threw it into the river. This is where the name of the city comes from- "Antwerp" means "thrown hand".
    Tuesday, April 20, 1920 12:00 PM | Photo
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ninety-nine years ago, the Olympic flag was flown for the first time

    A symbol of new-found peace after the global conflict of 1914-1918 which had left Europe in ruins, the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp in 1920 were the setting for exploits by legendary champions, but also an opening ceremony that made its mark in the history of the great sports gathering imagined by Pierre de Coubertin. The Olympic flag was flown for the first time, and Belgium’s Victor Boin pronounced the first athletes’ oath.
    14 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920
  • The Father of Surfing wins another Olympic gold - Swimming - Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games | Video

    The Father of Surfing wins another Olympic gold - Swimming - Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games

    The Hawaii born, Duke Kahanamoku had won an Olympic gold medal for the first time in the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. In Antwerp 1920, eight years later, not only did he take his second 100 meters freestyle Olympic gold medal, but also broke his own Olympic record .   “The Duke”, as he was commonly known, later came to win a third Olympic medal in the men’s 4x200m relay in Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. His Olympic medal record still included two more silver medals from Stockholm in 1912 and Paris in 1924.   As a passionate surfer, between his Olympic Games participations, “The Duke” travelled the world for swimming exhibitions where he presented and promoted surfing around the world. For that, the man of many nicknames, Duke Kahanamoku became also known as the “Father of Surfing”.
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