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200 metres Hurdles, Men

Date16 July 1900
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants11 from 5 countries

Al Kraenzlein won his fourth individual championship of the 1900 track & field program, a still unmatched feat. So much did he outclass the field that his victories were described by The New York Times as basically walkovers. Nobody got within four yards of him in his heat, which he won despite jogging the last half of the race. In the final he was penalized a yard for a false start, but still dashed off to a five-yard margin of victory. He announced his retirement immediately after the race, although he did compete briefly in 1901.

Kraenzlein was a top sprinter and jumper, witness his long jump world records and 60 metre dash victory in Paris. Though these abilities are obviously very helpful to hurdlers, his hurdling prowess was as much die to his technique as anything else. He has been termed the “father of modern hurdlers” for his use of the straight-leg lead with a bent-trail leg.

1Al KraenzleinUSA27.0 (1 h1)25.4 (1)GoldOR
2Norman PritchardIND26.8 (1 h2)at 5 yards (2)Silver
3Walter TewksburyUSAat 2 yards (2 h2)at 1 yard (3)Bronze
4Eugène ChoiselFRAat 4 yards (2 h1)– (4)
3 h1 r1/2Fred MoloneyUSAat 1 feet (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2Thaddeus McClainUSAat 1 yard (3 h2)
4 h1 r1/2William RemingtonUSA– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Henri TauzinFRA– (4 h2)
5 h1 r1/2Gustav Adolf RauGER– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2William LewisUSA– (5 h2)
6 h2 r1/2Zoltán SpeidlHUN– (6 h2)
DNSCharles GondouinFRA
DNSGeorge OrtonUSA
DNSUmberto ColomboITA
DNSAlex GrantUSA
DNSArthur NewtonUSA

Round One (16 July 1900)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Al KraenzleinUSA27.0QOR
2Eugène ChoiselFRAat 4 yardsQ
3Fred MoloneyUSAat 1 feet
4William RemingtonUSA
5Gustav Adolf RauGER

Heat Two

1Norman PritchardIND26.8QOR
2Walter TewksburyUSAat 2 yardsQ
3Thaddeus McClainUSAat 1 yard
4Henri TauzinFRA
5William LewisUSA
6Zoltán SpeidlHUN

Final (16 July 1900)

1Al KraenzleinUSA25.4OR
2Norman PritchardINDat 5 yards
3Walter TewksburyUSAat 1 yard
4Eugène ChoiselFRA