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New Zealand sent its first official Olympic team to the 7th Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920 but it was made up of only four competitors. All four performed remarkably well. Darcy Hadfield won the bronze medal for the single sculls while Harry Wilson and George Davidson came 4th and 5th respectively in the 110 metres hurdles and the 100 metre sprint. New Zealand's first woman Olympian was 15 year old Violet Walrond. She was placed 5th in the 100 metres freestyle but she could not compete in the final due to illness. The achievements of Wilding, Hadfield and Champion in the early part of the 20th Century have been echoed by other New Zealanders in successive Olympic arenas.

Sports Attended at Antwerp 1920

Athletics2
Rowing1
Swimming1