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1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad

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Nations participating  11
Events  44
Athletes participating  3,000
1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad
Host city  Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dates  July 24, 1925 (1925-07-24)– July 28, 1925 (1925-07-28)

The 1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad was the second edition of International Workers' Olympiads. The games were held from July 24 to July 28 at Frankfurt am Main in Germany.


Total number of participants was more than 100,000 of which 3,000 were actual athletes from 12 countries. The rest were spectators who were invited to take part on mass gymnastics that underlined the ideas of worker sports. Motto of the 1925 Olympiad was "Nie wieder Krieg!" – No More War!

The events mostly took place at the newly opened Waldstadion that is today known as Commerzbank-Arena. An outdoor swimming pool, Stadionbad, was built for the swimming competitions. The opening ceremony had a choir of 1,200 people singing and later 60,000 actors took part in the drama presentation "Worker Struggle for the Earth" marching through the streets of Frankfurt. All events attracted a total of 450,000 spectators.

The most notable result was a new world record of 51.3 in women's 4×100 metres relay set by the German team of Arbeiter-Turn- und Sportbund (ATSB), although it was never ratified by IAAF. Football tournament was also won by the German team of ATSB. The most successful athletes came from Finnish Workers' Sports Federation, winning 31 events out of 44.


  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Football ()
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Participating countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Free City of Danzig
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Switzerland
  • Notable winners

  • Väinö Kokkinen – Greco-Roman wrestling, middleweight
  • Eino Purje – 800, 1500 and 3000 metres run
  • Kurt Rödel – Artistic gymnastics
  • Iivari Rötkö – 25000 metres run
  • Werner Seelenbinder – Greco-Roman wrestling, light heavyweight
  • References

    1925 Workers' Summer Olympiad Wikipedia

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