1923 Twente–Westphalia athletics competition

The 1923 Twente–Westphalia athletics competition was an international athletics competition between athletes of Westphalia, Germany and Twente, the Netherlands. The competition was held at the G.J. van Heekpark [nl] in Enschede, the Netherlands on 8 July 1923. The competition included in total 15 events: 11 events for men and 4 events for women.[1] The competition was the first Twente–Westphalia athletics competition. It was hosted a year after an athletics competition of national teams of the Netherlands and Germany in Enschede.[1]

1923 Twente–Westphalia athletics competition
Dates8 July 1923
Host cityEnschede, the Netherlands
VenueG.J. van Heekpark [nl]
TypeOutdoor track and field
Events15 (men: 11, women: 4)
Participation2 nations

The competition was won by the Westphalia with 78 points versus Twente with 66 points.[2]

Requests were made to include attempts to break Dutch records. This was approved by the chairman of the Dutch athletics association who was present.[2] Harke (Olympia-Hengelo) broke the national record in the women's long jump with a distance of with 4.67 metres, beating the previous record of 4.55 from Annie van de Blankevoort. Franken (Hercules Hebe-Enschede) broke the women's 80 metres record with a time of with 10.5 seconds, beating the previous record of 10.7 seconds also from Annie van de Blankevoort.[3]

Preparations Edit

In the four weeks ahead of the competition, the selection group of Twente trained with national athletics trainer Hjertberg.[1]

Competition format Edit

In each individual event two athletes of each team competed. In the relay event the two teams competed against each other. The winner of each event received 4 points, with 3, 2 and 1 point for the other positions. For the overall classication all points from each teams are added together.[3]

Competition Edit

According to the newspapers the competition were held in "tropical heat".[2][3]



Overall classification Edit

Rank Athlete Points
1   Westphalia 78
1   Twente 66


Related pages Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Athletiek". Provinciale Overijsselsche en Zwolsche courant (in Dutch). 8 June 1923. Retrieved 20 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Twenthe-Westfalen". Algemeen Handelsblad (in Dutch). 9 July 1923. Retrieved 20 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Twente-Westfalen". Het Vaderland (in Dutch). 10 July 1923. Retrieved 20 June 2022 – via Delpher.