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Tug of War was contested as an Olympic event in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920. It was part of the Track and Field competition and teams consisted of 8 players. Each team had to pull the other team six feet in order to win. There was a time limit of 5 minutes for the event and if no team had succesfully pulled the other team the required feet, the team that had pulled the farthest was declared the winner.

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