Croquet At The 1900 Summer Olympics – Singles, Two Balls

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Croquet at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Singles, Two Balls was a unique event in the history of the Olympic Games. This event was held only once in the history of the Olympics, during the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The croquet event was one of the many sports featured in the 1900 Summer Olympics. The Singles, Two Balls event was one of the four croquet events that took place. The competition was held on June 28, 1900, and was played in the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park located in western Paris.

Competition Format[edit | edit source]

The Singles, Two Balls event followed the traditional rules of croquet. Each player had two balls and the objective was to hit them through a series of hoops in a specific order and then hit a central peg. The player who completed the course with the fewest strokes won the game.

Participants[edit | edit source]

A total of six players, all from France, participated in the Singles, Two Balls event. This included Gaston Aumoitte, who won the gold medal, and Georges Johin, who won the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by Maurice Vignerot.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The 1900 Summer Olympics was the only time croquet was included in the Olympic program. The event did not attract a large audience, with reportedly only one spectator attending the Singles, Two Balls event. Despite its lack of popularity, the event holds a significant place in Olympic history as one of the few times a sport has been included only once in the Olympic program.

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