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  • 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
  • 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
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    XAALN031

    Antwerp 1920-Football.
    Monday, December 31, 2001 11:00 PM | Photo
  • XAAIA006

    XAAIA006

    Antwerp 1920-A swimmer.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
  • XAARK022

    XAARK022

    Antwerp 1920-A competitor.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
  • XAARK021

    XAARK021

    Antwerp 1920-A competitor.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
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    XAAIM015

    Antwerp 1920-A delegation.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
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    XAARK024

    Antwerp 1920-A competitor.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
  • XAAIM026

    XAAIM026

    Antwerp 1920-Marathon.
    Wednesday, December 31, 1919 11:00 PM | Photo
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