Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
Track events
60 m   men
100 m men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
200 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
2500 m steeplechase men
4000 m steeplechase men
5000 m team race men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing triple jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men

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.

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.

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

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Stan Rowley (AUS)
100 metres
 Frank Jarvis (USA)  Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Stan Rowley (AUS)
200 metres
 Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Norman Pritchard (IND)  Stan Rowley (AUS)
400 metres
 Maxie Long (USA)  William Holland (USA)  Ernst Schultz (DEN)
800 metres
 Alfred Tysoe (GBR)  John Cregan (USA)  David Hall (USA)
1500 metres
 Charles Bennett (GBR)  Henri Deloge (FRA)  John Bray (USA)
 Michel Théato (FRA) [1]  Émile Champion (FRA)  Ernst Fast (SWE)
110 metres hurdles
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  John McLean (USA)  Frederick Moloney (USA)
200 metres hurdles
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  Norman Pritchard (IND)  Walter Tewksbury (USA)
400 metres hurdles
 Walter Tewksbury (USA)  Henri Tauzin (FRA)  George Orton (CAN)
2500 metres steeplechase
 George Orton (CAN)  Sidney Robinson (GBR)  Jacques Chastanié (FRA)
4000 metres steeplechase
 John Rimmer (GBR)  Charles Bennett (GBR)  Sidney Robinson (GBR)
5000 metres team race
 Mixed team (ZZX)
 Charles Bennett (GBR)
 John Rimmer (GBR)
 Sidney Robinson (GBR)
 Alfred Tysoe (GBR)
 Stan Rowley (AUS)
 France (FRA)
Henri Deloge
Jacques Chastanié
André Castanet
Michel Champoudry
Gaston Ragueneau
none awarded
Long jump
 Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)  Myer Prinstein (USA)  Patrick Leahy (GBR)
Triple jump
 Myer Prinstein (USA)  James Connolly (USA)  Lewis Sheldon (USA)
High jump
 Irving Baxter (USA)  Patrick Leahy (GBR)  Lajos Gönczy (HUN)
Pole vault
 Irving Baxter (USA)  Meredith Colket (USA)  Carl Albert Andersen (NOR)
Standing long jump
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Émile Torchebœuf (FRA)
Standing triple jump
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Robert Garrett (USA)
Standing high jump
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Lewis Sheldon (USA)
Shot put
 Richard Sheldon (USA)  Josiah McCracken (USA)  Robert Garrett (USA)
Discus throw
 Rudolf Bauer (HUN)  František Janda-Suk (BOH)  Richard Sheldon (USA)
Hammer throw
 John Flanagan (USA)  Truxtun Hare (USA)  Josiah McCracken (USA)

Medal table

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

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 16 13 10 39
2  Great Britain (GBR) 3 [2] 3 2 8
3  France (FRA) 1 [1] 4 2 7
4  Canada (CAN) 1 0 1 2
 Hungary (HUN) 1 0 1 2
6  Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
7  India (IND) 0 2 0 2
8  Bohemia (BOH) 0 1 0 1
9  Australia (AUS) 0 [2] 0 3 3
10  Denmark (DEN) 0 0 1 1
 Norway (NOR) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
* Total medals 23 23 22 68
Finish of the 800m

Daily summary

14 July

15 July

16 July

19 July

22 July

Participating nations


  1. 1 2 Michel Théato was originally assumed to be French, before it was discovered that his nationality was Luxembourgish. The International Olympic Committee still credits this medal for France, however.
  2. 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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