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Croquet: The Event In Which Only France Competed

The 1900 Paris Olympic Games saw the debut of croquet in the Olympic program on June 28th. There were four croquet events: one ball singles, two ball singles, doubles, and singles handicap. The French won all of the croquet events because, well, they were the only country to compete in the event. Two French women, Madame Brohy and Mademoiselle Ohnier, competed in croquet with the men, making them the first female Olympians. The sport proved not so popular given that it had only one spectator for the entire event. Due to lack of spectatorship and because the sport had “hardly any pretensions to athleticism,” it was discontinued after 1900.

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