Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Athletics
at the Games of the II Olympiad
VenueCroix-Catelan Stadium
Dates14–22 July
No. of events23 (23 men, 0 women)
Competitors117 from 15 nations
  1896
1904  

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, twenty-three athletics events were contested. Altogether, 117 athletes from 15 nations competed. A total of 68 medals (23 gold, 23 silver, 22 bronze) were awarded. In many countries, due in part to the conflation of the Olympic Games and the World's Fair in Paris, the media discussed only the athletics events under the "Olympic" name while ignoring the incredible variety of other sports featured at the time.[ citation needed ]

Contents

The 23 events listed are those currently considered to have been of Olympic stature by the International Olympic Committee and most Olympic historians. They exclude all events that used a handicap system, as well as all events which were open to professional athletes. The IOC has never decided which events were "Olympic" and which were not. [1]

Competitions were held on 14 July, 15 July, 16 July, 19 July, and 22 July. This included Bastille Day, which is a French holiday, and then Sunday, which many of the American athletes protested. Even with many Americans not competing in finals because of confusion caused by the organizers' decision to count scores achieved on Monday, 16 July for finals held on Sunday, 15 July and subsequent rescission of that decision, the United States won more than 4 times as many medals as any other nation, including 16 of the 23 gold medals.

The conditions of competition were also subpar compared even to those at the previous games in 1896. There was no track for the Paris Games, as a grass field dotted with trees and of unequal elevation was used. The course was 500 metres in length, an unusual distance for a track.

Medal summary

EventGoldSilverBronze
60 metres
details
Alvin Kraenzlein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Walter Tewksbury
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Stan Rowley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Australia
100 metres
details
Frank Jarvis
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Walter Tewksbury
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Stan Rowley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Australia
200 metres
details
Walter Tewksbury
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Norman Pritchard
British Raj Red Ensign.svg  India
Stan Rowley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Australia
400 metres
details
Maxie Long
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
William Holland
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Ernst Schultz
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
800 metres
details
Alfred Tysoe
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
John Cregan
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
David Hall
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
1500 metres
details
Charles Bennett
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Henri Deloge
Flag of France.svg  France
John Bray
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Marathon
details
Michel Théato
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg [2]

[3]

Émile Champion
Flag of France.svg  France
Ernst Fast
Swedish civil ensign (1844-1905).svg  Sweden
110 metres hurdles
details
Alvin Kraenzlein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
John McLean
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Frederick Moloney
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
200 metres hurdles
details
Alvin Kraenzlein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Norman Pritchard
British Raj Red Ensign.svg  India
Walter Tewksbury
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
400 metres hurdles
details
Walter Tewksbury
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Henri Tauzin
Flag of France.svg  France
George Orton
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg  Canada
2500 m steeplechase
details
George Orton
Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg  Canada
Sidney Robinson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Jacques Chastanié
Flag of France.svg  France
4000 m steeplechase
details
John Rimmer
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Charles Bennett
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Sidney Robinson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5000 m team race
details
Olympic flag.svg  Mixed team  (ZZX)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Charles Bennett  (GBR)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  John Rimmer  (GBR)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Sidney Robinson  (GBR)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Alfred Tysoe  (GBR)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Stan Rowley  (AUS)
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)
Henri Deloge
Jacques Chastanié
André Castanet
Michel Champoudry
Gaston Ragueneau
none awarded
High jump
details
Irving Baxter
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Patrick Leahy
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Lajos Gönczy
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Hungary
Pole vault
details
Irving Baxter
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Meredith Colket
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Carl Albert Andersen
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Long jump
details
Alvin Kraenzlein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Myer Prinstein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Patrick Leahy
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Triple jump
details
Myer Prinstein
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
James Connolly
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Lewis Sheldon
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Standing high jump
details
Ray Ewry
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Irving Baxter
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Lewis Sheldon
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Standing long jump
details
Ray Ewry
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Irving Baxter
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Émile Torchebœuf
Flag of France.svg  France
Standing triple jump
details
Ray Ewry
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Irving Baxter
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Robert Garrett
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Shot put
details
Richard Sheldon
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Josiah McCracken
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Robert Garrett
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Discus throw
details
Rudolf Bauer
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Hungary
František Janda-Suk
Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia
Richard Sheldon
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Hammer throw
details
John Flanagan
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Truxtun Hare
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States
Josiah McCracken
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States

Medal table

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)16131039
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR) [4] 3328
3Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg  Canada  (CAN)1012
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Hungary  (HUN)1012
5Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  (LUX)1001
Olympic flag.svg  Mixed team  (ZZX)1001
7Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)0426
8British Raj Red Ensign.svg  India  (IND)0202
9Flag of Bohemia.svg  Bohemia  (BOH)0101
10Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Australia  (AUS) [4] 0033
11Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0011
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0011
Swedish civil ensign (1844-1905).svg  Sweden  (SWE)0011
Totals (13 nations)23232268
Finish of the 800m 800m final 1900.jpg
Finish of the 800m

Daily summary

14 July

15 July

16 July

19 July

22 July

Participating nations

Notes

  1. Lennartz, Karl; Teutenberg, Walter (1995). Olympische Spiele 1900 in Paris. Kassel, Germany: Agon-Sportverlag. p. 147. ISBN   3-928562-20-7. In many works, it is read that the IOC later met to decide which events were Olympic and which were not. This is not correct and no decision has ever been made. No discussion of this item can be found in the account of any Session.
  2. Michel Théato was originally assumed to be French, before it was discovered that his nationality was Luxembourgish. The International Olympic Committee credits this medal for Luxembourg.
  3. {{cite web|date=28 July 2021|title=PARIS 1900 ATHLETICS MARATHON MEN RESULTS|url=https://olympics.com/en/olympic-games/paris-1900/results/athletics/marathon-men |archive-date=28 July 2021|access-date=28 July 2021|work=International Olympic Committee
  4. 1 2 An additional gold medal was won by a mixed team composed of four athletes from Great Britain and one from Australia.

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