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1926 Women's World Games

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1926 Women's World Games

The 1926 Women's World Games (Swedish II Internationella Kvinnliga Idrottsspelen, French 2èmes Jeux Féminins Mondiaux ) were the second regular international Women's World Games, the tournament was held between 27 – 29 August at the Slottsskogsvallen Stadium in Gothenburg.



The games were organized by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale under Alice Milliat as a response to the IOC refusal to include women's events in the 1924 Olympic Games.

The games were attended by 100 participants from 9 nations: Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Kinue Hitomi was the sole participant from Japan, she won the long jump with a new world record, she also won the standing long jump, came second place in discus, third in 100 yards, fifth in 60 metres and in 250 metres putting Japan in fifth place single handedly.

The athletes competed in 12 events: running (60 metres, 100 yards, 250 metres, 1000 metres, 4 x 110 yards relay och hurdling 100 yards), high jump, long jump, standing long jump, discus throw, javelin and shot put.

The tournament was opened with an olympic style ceremony, the opening speech was held by Mary von Sydow (wife of Oscar von Sydow). The games attended an audience of 20,000 spectators and several world records were set.


  • nb Each athlete in the shot put and javelin throw events threw using their right hand, then their left. Their final mark was the total of the best mark with their right-handed throw and the best mark with their left-handed throw.
  • Also Sophie Mary Eliott-Lynn competed at javelin throw coming fourth with a throw of 44.63 metres and Mary Weston finished sixth in the shot put.


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