1924 Paris Olympic Games

Top Medal Winners – Countries

     Country              G   S   B   Total          
 1.  USA                 45  27  27    99
 2.  France              13  15  10    38
 3.  Finland             14  13  10    37
 4.  Great Britain        9  13  12    34
 5.  Sweden               4  13  12    29
 6.  Switzerland          7   8  10    25
 7.  Italy                8   3   5    16
 8.  Norway               5   2   3    10
 9.  Netherlands          4   1   5    10
10.  Czechoslovakia       1   4   5    10
11.  Hungary              2   3   4     9
12.  Denmark              2   5   2     9
13.  Australia            3   1   2     6

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14.  Argentina            1   3   2     6
15.  Estonia              1   1   4     6
16.  Canada               0   3   1     4
17.  Austria              0   3   1     4
18.  South Africa         1   1   1     3
19.  Yugoslavia           2   0   0     2
20.  Poland               0   1   1     2
21.  Uruguay              1   0   0     1
22.  Haiti                0   0   1     1
22.  Japan                0   0   1     1
22.  New Zealand          0   0   1     1
22.  Portugal             0   0   1     1
22.  Romania              0   0   1     1

Outstanding Athletes

Athlete, Country               Sport-Men                G   S    B  Total
  • Paavo Nurmi, Finland(FIN) Athletics 5 – – 5
  • Ville Ritola, FIN Athletics 4 2 – 6
  • Roger Ducret, France. Fencing 3 1 – 4
  • Johnny Weissmuller, U.S.A. Swimming Water Polo 3 – 1 4
  • Vincent Richards, U.S.A. Tennis 2 1 – 3
  • Ole Lilloe-Olsen, Norway. Shooting 2 1 – 3
  • Albert Sequin, France. Gymnastics 1 2 – 3
  • Boy Charlton, Australia. Swimming 1 1 1 3
  • August Guttinger, Switz. Gymnastics 1 – 2 3
  • Robert Prazak, CZE Gymnastics – 3 – 3
  • Arne Borg, Sweden. Swimming – 2 1 3
  • Jean Gutweniger, Switz. Gymnastics – 2 1 3
  • Henri Hoevenaers, Belgium. Cycling – 2 1 3 Athlete, Country Sport-Women G S B Total
  • Gertrude Ederle,U.S.A. Swimming 1 – 2 3
  • Ethel Lackie, U.S.A. Swimming 2 – – 2
  • Hazel Wightman, U.S.A. Tennis 2 – – 2
  • Helen Wills, U.S.A. Tennis 2 – – 2
  • Betty Becker, U.S.A. Diving 1 1 – 2
  • Mariechen Wehselau, U.S.A. Swimming 1 1 – 2
  • Kitty McKane, Britian. Tennis – 1 1 2
  • Aileen Riggin, U.S.A. Swimming/Diving – 1 1 2
  • Dates of Competition:7 July – 12 September
  • Participants:2668
  • Attendance: 29 countries
  • Male athletes:2591
  • Female athletes: 77
  • Most-medaled country:USA (99)
  • Sports:21
  • Events:154
    Highlights:
  • Harold Abrahams (Great Britain) in the
    100-metres and Eric Liddell (Great Britain) in the
    400-metres win gold.-inspires the Oscar-winning movie
    “Chariots of Fire.”
  • DeHart Hubbard(USA) wins the long jump.
    She is the first African-American to win a medal in an individual
    event.
  • Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi wins
    five golds – for the 1st time in Games’ history.
  • Johnny Weissmuller — (Tarzan) — wins three golds in freestyle swimming;
    also wins a bronze in water polo.
Statistics

History

These games ran very smoothly.The 1924 Paris Olympics took place over several
months. They began in May with the Rugby Union,but the main competitions only started in July.
These Games are often said to have marked the start of the modern Olympic era.

More than 3,000 athletes from 45 countries took part,although Germany was still banned from attending due to World War I. Most of the world’s first-class athletes in every sport attended.

Sport was now occupying a place of prominence – a result of the increased exposure afforded by Wimbledon and the French Open in tennis and the British and French Opens in golf. The 1924 Olympics was followed very closely by the international press.

For the first time live radio transmissions were introduced, and a so called “Olympic Village” was built. The stadium near Colombes was enlarged to accommodate 60,000 spectators & it was also equipped with a 500m running track.

In 1924, France also hosted a “Winter Sports Festival” at Chamonix . This festival marked the start of the Winter Olympics.

The number of events in women’s swimming was increased and women’s fencing was included for the first time.

Roger Ducret of France was accorded the status of national hero when he won three golds and two silver medals in fencing(men’s Foil).

In athletics, the U. S. won 10 gold medals, including a tie for the pole vault gold between Lee Barnes and Glenn Graham.

The Finns again did well in athletics winning 8 gold medals. They also dominated distance running.

Great Britain won two golds in track and field events. Eric Liddell won the 400m and Harold Abrahams won the 100m. The Academy Award-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’ is based on their story
but is highly fictional. Liddell knew in advance that his best event – the 100 m – was to be run on a Sunday. This he could not do because of his religious beliefs. He had ample time to train for the 400m. In real life, he and Abrahams had never competed against each other.

Johnny Weismuller (US) won three gold medals in swimming – 100m and 400m freestyle and the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, and a bronze in the water polo team. He is probably better known for his role as Tarzan in the movies.

Tennis was included for the last time (until 1988 when it was re-introuced in Seoul) in the Olympic program as the IOC doubted the amateur status of many of the competitors.

The US won two gold medals in boxing. These were won by Fidel LaBarba and Jackie Fields who later became world professional champions – LaBarba in 1925 (flyweight) and Fields in 1929 (welterweight).

Australia in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games

Gold

  • Athletics-Hop, step and jump (triple jump) : Anthony Winter


    World record – 15.52m
    His winning leap consisted of a hop of 5.78m, a step of 3.97m and
    a jump of 5.78m.

  • High diving : Dick Eve Plain
    Dick Eve was the son of the man who owned
    the pool where Charlton, Beaurepaire and Henry trained.He
    won the men’s plain high diving with a near perfect
    last dive, to beat John Jansson of Sweden and Harold Clarke of
    Britain. It is the only time an Australian has won an Olympic
    diving medal.
  • Swimming-1500m freestyle : Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton.
    Charlton won by 40 metresfrom the brilliant Swedish swimmer Arne Borg(the world record holder who had only just 2 days ago
    slashed his own previous world record by 3.6 seconds).
    Charlton cut almost 65 seconds off the Swede’s
    world best
    for a new record of 20 min 6.6 sec.
    After the race, Borg described
    Charlton as one of the
    Seven Wonders of the World.

    Silver

  • Swimming, relay-4 x 200m freestyle : Frank Beaurepaire, Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton,
    Maurice ‘Moss’
    Christie, Ernest Henry

    Bronze

  • Swimming-400m freestyle : Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton
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