Olympic Roque

October 09, 2012 1513 No of hits
0
Olympic Roque

Roque was contested only once, during the 1904 Olympic Games. Roque is a variation of the popular game croquet and was created in the United States. The event was put in place to replace croquet for the 1904 Olympics. Croquet was an event at the prior Olympic, the 1900 Paris games. The game of roque, during this time period, was extremely popular and in some circles had been deemed the game of the century. However, the game did not take off in the way it was originally imagined, and the sport of roque is now obsolete.

Roque is played on a 30 by 60 foot hard-surfaced court, typically made of clay or sand. A roque court also has beveled curbs on the ends, allowing players to hit balls off of it. The edges of the roque court allowed players to utilize the edges like pool players use the edge of pool tables. The arches, referred to as wickets in croquet, are anchored into the court in roque. Ten arches litter the roque court, consisting of seven points.

Roque also uses a mallet, but it is around 24 inches long; shorter than a standard croquet mallet. A roque mallet also consists of rubber at one end, and the rest can be made with aluminum, plastic or wood.

During the 1904 Games only four Americans competed in the event. No other countries sent athletes to compete in the short-lived event. Charles Jacobus took the gold in the double round-robin Olympic tournament. Jacobus finished the tournament with five wins and one loss. Smith Streeter took the silver, winning four matches and losing two. Charles Brown took the bronze with three wins and three losses, while William Chalfant was the odd man out, with no medal and no wins in six matches.

The event had a lackluster amount of people in it, much similar to the Olympic prior, where only France and Belgium sent any athletes to compete in croquet, with only French athletes medaling. The mallet sports would not be part of any Olympic games moving forward.

Tags:   Olympic Roque   Roque   Olympics   Roque court  

Group

Olympic Roque

Photo

Ni_271_192 Be the first to add photo

Discussion topics

Start new topic
1_s_ab45ca8ce8fb1beb
0 Comments

Roque was contested only once, during the 1904 Olympic Games. Roque is a variation of the popular game croquet and was created in the United States. The event was put in place to replace croquet for the 1904 Olympics. Croquet was an event at the prior Olympic, the 1900 Paris games. The game of...

By: Richard Martine Created 76 months ago

Add New Comment

You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic! Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation. Thanks for dropping by!

Groups

Related Groups

  • Olympic Roque
    4891_s_6003b5e4090f0b8a
    Olympic Roque

    Roque was contested only once, during the 1904 Olympic Games. Roque is a variation of the...

    Read More »
  • Olympic
    4883_s_3be47e3ecaebdafb
    Olympic

    Handball was first competed at the Olympic level in 1936. However, it was dropped from...

    Read More »
  • Olympics - Ancient
    3164_s_c7e26e43fc61c8ea
    Olympics - Ancient

    The Ancient Olympic Games were started by the Greek, and were a collection of athletic...

    Read More »

Topic

Related Group Topics

  • Olympic Roque
    Olympic Roque
    By : Richard

    Roque was contested only once, during the 1904 Olympic Games. Roque is a variation of the popular game croquet and was created in the United States. The event was put in place to...

    Read More »
  • Olympic
    Olympic
    By : Richard

    Handball was first competed at the Olympic level in 1936. However, it was dropped from the Olympic program after that year. Handball was brought back on as a men's sport in 1972,...

    Read More »
  • Olympics - Ancient
    Olympics - Ancient
    By : Richard

    The Ancient Olympic Games were started by the Greek, and were a collection of athletic competitions that were done to honor the Greek god Zeus. However, the exact way and reasons...

    Read More »

Album

No photo album for this group

Photo

No Photos availabe for this.

Most Rated

Most Commented

Most Viewed

  • Healthcare Industry
    Healthcare Industry
    Healthcare Industry

    In 1995, total health care spending in the U.S. was just over $1 trillion. Fast forward to...

    Read More »
  • Dance
    Dance
    Dance

    Dance is a part of almost every society and culture in the world, and is believed to have been...

    Read More »
  • Email etiquette
    Email etiquette
    Email etiquette

    E-mail has revolutionized communication in our businesses and personal lives. But there is a ...

    Read More »