Duelling at the 1908 Games
The 1908 Olympic Games were held in London, beginning on the 27th of April. While medals were awarded for many sports, some were labelled “associate sports” and were for display only.
Duelling was one of these. Historically, duels were fought between two people (usually men) to defend their honour, and frequently resulted in grave injury or death.
At the Olympics the bullets were made of wax, and the contestants wore protective outfits.
The Games were supposed to have been held in Rome, but were moved after a devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption.
Unlike today, the event ran for months, from April to their conclusion on the 31st of October.