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Antwep 1920 - Quick hits


After celebrating the victory of his team in the 4x100m relay, American athlete Morris Kirksey found the hotel doors locked and was then arrested by the police after they found him climbing the front of the hotel. His plight worsened when police refused to believe he was an Olympic champion.


The American, James Howard Snook, a gold medallist in the team shooting event, was executed 10 years later in the electric chair for battering his mistress to death after she informed Howard's wife of their affair.


20-year-old Frenchman Joseph Guillemot, a pack-of-cigarattes-a-day man won the 5000m title coming home ahead of Finnish legend Paavo Nurmi. Guillemot nearly repeated his feat in the 10,000m but was suffering from stomach cramps and also had to overcome shoes that were two sizes too big after his own were stolen. He still managed to win silver.

Complete athlete

Belgium's Victor Boin who recited the Olympic oath was one of the great all-round athletes of his generation. During the 1908 Games he won a silver in water polo and in 1912, the bronze. In 1920, he also won a silver in the team fencing. Overall he took part in swimming, ice-skating, ice-hockey, flying, and motorcycling. He went on to become president of the Belgian Olympic Committee and the founder of the International Association of Sports Journalists.

Famous family

The American John Brendan Kelly an Olympic champion in rowing was the father of Grace Kelly, future Hollywood star and Princess of Monaco.


American Edward Eagan is the only athlete to win gold medals during the Summer and Winter Games. In 1920 he won the light-heavyweight boxing title and in 1932 at Lake Placid, he formed part of his country's victorious four-man bobsleigh team.

Diving youth

The American diver Aileen Riggin won the gold medal in the springboard event - while still only aged 13.

The Kangaroo

American Charles Paddock won the 100m thanks to a totally personalised technique which afforded him the nickname, "the flying man". Before crossing the finishing line he made a leap of around four metres in order to "save time" and thus obtain victory.

New race, same results

The 100m freestyle final was repeated after the original race produced a protest from Australian William Herald who claimed he had been hit by American Norman Ross. The second final was again won by Hawaian Duke Kahanamoku and the standings were exactly as same as the first race.

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