Canada at the
1920 Summer Olympics
IOC codeCAN
NOCCanadian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olympic.ca (in English and French)
in Antwerp
Competitors52 in 9 sports
Flag bearerArchie McDiarmid
Medals
Ranked 12th
Gold
3
Silver
3
Bronze
3
Total
9
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Canada competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. 52 competitors, all men, took part in 38 events in 9 sports.[1] These games marked the introduction of winter sports to the Olympic program (competed in April 1920); Canada won its first gold medal for ice hockey.

Medalists

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Aquatics

Diving

Main article: Diving at the 1920 Summer Olympics

A single diver represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. Flint competed in all three of the men's events, but did not reach the final in any.

Men

Ranks given are within the semifinal group.

Diver Event Semifinals Final
Points Score Rank Points Score Rank
Richard Flint 3 m springboard 29 480.70 5 did not advance
10 m platform 28 351.35 6 did not advance
Plain high dive 34 126.0 7 did not advance

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Three swimmers, all male, represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. Hodgson was unable to successfully defend his 1912 championships in the 400 and 1500 metre freestyle events, not even reaching the final in either; Vernot took a bronze and a silver in those events.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Sidney Gooday 200 m breast unknown 5 did not advance
400 m breast did not finish did not advance
George Hodgson 400 m free 5:49.8 2 Q unknown 4 did not advance
1500 m free 24:36.6 2 Q unknown 5 did not advance
George Vernot 100 m free 1:05.2 1 Q 1:05.8 3 did not advance
400 m free 5:32.6 1 Q 5:27.8 1 Q 5:29.6 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
1500 m free 23:40.0 1 Q 22:59.4 1 Q 22:36.4 2nd place, silver medalist(s)

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics

14 athletes represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's fifth appearance in the sport, having competed in athletics every time the country competed at the Olympics. The best result for the team was Thomson's gold medal in the high hurdles, as Canada took a gold medal in athletics for the fifth straight Games.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Cyril Coaffee 100 m 3 did not advance
200 m 3 did not advance
James Dellow Marathon 2:46:47.0 13
Edward Freeman 3 km walk 8 did not advance
10 km walk Disqualified did not advance
Edward Lawrence 1500 m 4:04.4 5 did not advance
10000 m 33:08.5 6 did not advance
Georges Norman Marathon 2:58:01.0 22
Alexander Ponton 100 m 11.2 2 Q 11.4 5 did not advance
200 m 22.8 2 Q 22.7 2 Q 22.9 4 did not advance
Hector Phillips 400 m 52.3 2 Q 51.4 5 did not advance
800 m 5 did not advance
Arthur Scholes Marathon 2:48:30.0 15
Albert Smoke Marathon did not finish
Earl Thomson 110 m hurdles 15.4 2 Q 15.0 WR 1 Q 14.8 WR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Thomas Towns 1500 m 5 did not advance
5000 m did not finish did not advance
Cross country unknown 9
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
John Cameron Hammer throw No mark 12 did not advance
William Kennedy High jump No mark 21 did not advance
Archie McDiarmid Hammer throw 44.66 9 did not advance
56 lb weight throw 9.475 4 10.12 4

Boxing

Main article: Boxing at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The Canadian Olympic Committee named W. A. Hewitt to its sub-committee for boxing to select who represented Canada at the Olympics,[2] and had been credited with officiating hundreds of bouts as a boxing referee in Toronto.[3] He oversaw travel arrangements for the national team to the remainder of the 1920 Summer Olympics which began in August.[4] The boxers which he helped select won one gold, two silver, and two bronze medals for Canada.[5]

Boxer Weight class Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / bronze match
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Chris Graham Bantamweight N/A bye  Ricard (FRA)
W
 Hébrants (BEL)
W
 Walker (RSA)
L
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Moe Herscovitch Middleweight bye  Munting (NED)
W
 Bradley (RSA)
W
 Mallin (GBR)
L
 Strømme (NOR)
W
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Clarence Newton Lightweight N/A  Jensen (DEN)
W
 Sæterhaug (NOR)
W
 Johansen (DEN)
L
 Beland (RSA)
W
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Walter Newton Featherweight bye  Clausen (DEN)
L
did not advance 9
Georges Prud'Homme Middleweight bye  Masson (BEL)
W
 Rey-Golliet (FRA)
W
 Strømme (NOR)
W
 Mallin (GBR)
L
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
William Rankin Featherweight  Hesterman (NED)
L
did not advance 16
Bert Schneider Welterweight bye  Thomas (RSA)
W
 Steen (NOR)
W
 Colberg (USA)
W
 Ireland (GBR)
W
1st place, gold medalist(s)
Harry Turner Flyweight N/A  Rampignon (FRA)
L
did not advance 9

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Five cyclists represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. Macdonald's fifth-place finish in the 50 kilometres was the best result of the Games for the Canadian cyclists.

Road cycling

Cyclist Event Final
Result Rank
Harold Bounsell Time trial did not finish
Harry Martin Time trial 5:30:16.2 38
Herbert Macdonald Time trial 5:20:34.6 31
Norman Webster Time trial did not finish
Harold Bounsell
Harry Martin
Herbert Macdonald
Norman Webster
Team time trial did not finish

Track cycling

Ranks given are within the heat.

Cyclist Event Heats Quarterfinals Repechage semis Repechage final Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Harold Bounsell Sprint unknown 2 Q unknown 2 R 13.4 1 Q unknown 2 did not advance
50 km N/A did not finish
Herbert Macdonald Sprint unknown 4 did not advance
50 km N/A unknown 5
William Taylor Sprint unknown 3 did not advance
50 km N/A did not finish
Norman Webster Sprint unknown 2 Q unknown 3 R unknown 3 did not advance
50 km N/A did not finish
Harold Bounsell
Herbert Macdonald
William Taylor
Norman Webster
Team pursuit N/A unknown 2 N/A did not advance

Ice hockey

Main article: Ice hockey at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Black and white photo of eight hockey players wearing equipment and uniforms standing on an ice rink, along with four men wearing suits and full-length overcoats
Hewitt and the Winnipeg Falcons at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) chose the Winnipeg Falcons as the 1920 Allan Cup champions to represent the Canada men's national team in ice hockey at the 1920 Summer Olympics, instead of forming a national all-star team on short notice.[6][7] W. A. Hewitt represented the Canadian Olympic Committee and oversaw finances for the Falcons, and reported on the Olympic Games for Canadian newspapers.[8][9] He and his wife were a father and mother figure to the Falcons,[10] and sailed with them aboard SS Melita from Saint John to Liverpool, then onto Antwerp.[11]

Hewitt introduced the CAHA rules of play to the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG) at the Olympics.[12] Writer Andrew Podnieks described Hewitt's interpretation of the rules as "competitive yet gentlemanly", and that the rules of play were accepted for Olympic hockey.[13] Hewitt refereed the first Olympic hockey game played, an 8–0 win by the Sweden men's national team versus the Belgium men's national team, on April 23, 1920.[14] The Falcons and the Hewitts returned home aboard SS Grampian from Le Havre to Quebec City.[15] The Falcons honoured Hewitt and his wife at a private dinner and presented them with a silver cup inscribed with the number 13, for the number of people who made the trip to the Olympics and the team's lucky number.[7][16]

Roster

Coach: Iceland Guðmundur Sigurjónsson

Pos Player GP G Birthdate Age
D Bobby Benson 3 1 May 18, 1894 25
G Wally Byron 3 0 September 2, 1884 35
F Frank Fredrickson 3 12 July 11, 189 24
R Chris Fridfinnson 1 1 June 14, 1898 21
F Mike Goodman 3 3 March 18, 1898 22
F Haldor Halderson 3 9 January 6, 1900 20
D Konnie Johannesson 3 2 August 10, 1896 23
R Huck Woodman 2 1 March 11, 1899 21
Gold medal quarterfinals
24 April 1920
21:30
Canada 15 – 0
(7–0, 8–0)
 CzechoslovakiaPalais de Glace d'Anvers
Game reference
Walter ByronGoaliesJan Peka
Halderson (7)
Fredrickson (4)
Goodman (2)
Woodman
Johannesson
Goals
0 minPenalties0 min
Gold medal semifinals
25 April 1920
21:00
Canada 2 – 0
(0–0, 2–0)
 United StatesPalais de Glace d'Anvers
Game reference
Walter ByronGoaliesRay BonneyReferee:
France Alfred de Rauch
Fredrickson1 – 0
Johannesson2 – 0
7 minPenalties5 min
Gold medal game
26 April 1920
22:00
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada 12 – 1
(5–1, 7–0)
 SwedenPalais de Glace d'Anvers
Game reference
Walter ByronGoaliesSeth HowanderReferee:
United States Joseph McCormick
Halderson – 1:151 – 0
Fridfinnson − 1:552 – 0
Fredrickson – 5:203 – 0
3 – 115:58 – Svensson
Fredrickson – 16:004 – 1
Fredrickson – 17:355 – 1
Goodman – 23:476 – 1
Benson – 28:097 – 1
Fredrickson – 29:158 – 1
Fredrickson – 29:309 – 1
Fredrickson – 34:5510 – 1
Halderson – 36:2011 – 1
Fredrickson – 39:0212 – 1
0 minPenalties0 min
Final rank
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold

Rowing

Main article: Rowing at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Five rowers represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's fourth straight appearance in the sport. Canada sent one boat, in the coxed fours. It was unable to advance past the semifinals, taking third place in the three-boat heat.

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Cox Event Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Harold Harcourt
Robert Hay
Strathy Hay
Larry Landreau
Art Everett Coxed four N/A 7:18.0 3 did not advance

Shooting

Main article: Shooting at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Seven shooters represented Canada in 1920. It was the nation's third appearance in the sport. For the second straight Games, the Canadian shooters were unable to earn any medals.

Shooter Event Final
Result Rank
George Beattie Trap 73 5
John Black Trap 52 unknown
William Hamilton Trap 82 11
Robert Montgomery Trap 86 6
Samuel Vance Trap 71 unknown
George Beattie
William Hamilton
William McLaren
Robert Montgomery
True Oliver
Samuel Vance
Team clay pigeons 474 5

Wrestling

Main article: Wrestling at the 1920 Summer Olympics

A single wrestler competed for Canada in 1920. It was the nation's second appearance in the sport.

Freestyle

Wrestler Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals / Bronze match Rank
Frank Locon Freestyle middle  Johnson (USA) (L) did not advance 17

References

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  2. ^ "Olympic Boxers Chosen To Represent Canada". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Kingston, Ontario. 24 July 1920. p. 10. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ Sullivan, Jack (8 December 1953). "After 60 Years In Sport: 500 Sportsmen To Honor William "Billy" Hewitt". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. p. 19. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock; Sullivan, Jack (8 December 1953). "Sportsmen Honour W. A. (Billy) Hewitt at Dinner Tonight". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian Press. p. 11. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
  4. ^ "Olympic Trials for Winnipeg on 10th of July". The Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 14 April 1920. p. 14. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock; "Canadian Team to Sail on July 24". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Kingston, Ontario. 17 April 1920. p. 16. Archived from the original on 7 March 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
  5. ^ "Boxing at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  6. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (1997), p. 2
  7. ^ a b Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2005), pp. 28–29
  8. ^ "With the Falcons". Saskatoon Daily Star. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 6 April 1920. p. 6. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
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  10. ^ Metcalfe, William (13 February 1932). "Olympic Title First Won by Falcons: Achievement of Local Team Was Outstanding One". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. p. 19. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock; Metcalfe, William (13 February 1932). "Achievement of Local Team Was Outstanding One (Continued from Page 19)". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. p. 22. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
  11. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (1997), p. 2
  12. ^ "Pro Officials Like Own Interpretation Of Rules". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 7 December 1957. p. 43. Archived from the original on 16 April 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock
  13. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (1997), p. 4
  14. ^ "IIHF Honour Roll: W. A. Hewitt". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  15. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (1997), pp. 6–7
  16. ^ "Falcons Honour Billy Hewitt". The Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 21 May 1920. p. 18. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.icon of an open green padlock

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