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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date14 – 15 July 1900
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants5 from 3 countries

There were 10 entries, all of whom competed in some event in Paris, but strangely, only five started. Thus the heats served the ridiculous purpose of reducing the field from five to a final field of four. In addition, one qualifier, William Lewis, did not contest the final, probably as it was held on Sunday.

It was difficult to pick a favorite as the event was not contested by the AAU or AAA until 1914. The French, however, were certain that they had the favorite in Henri Tauzin, who had won five French titles in the event, held the continental record of 58.8, and was supposedly unbeaten.

The hurdles for this event were actually 30 feet long telephone poles laid across the track, except for the final “hurdle,” which was actually a water jump! In the final, Walter Tewksbury went away to an early lead, and was never headed. He won easily, posting American records in the heats (probably the initial U.S. record) and the final.

1Walter TewksburyUSA1:01.0 (1 h1)57.6 (1)GoldOR
2Henri TauzinFRA1:00.2 (1 h2)at 5 yards (2)Silver
3George OrtonUSAclose behind (2 h2)at 4 yards (3)Bronze
2 h1 r1/2William LewisUSAat 9 metres (2 h1)
3 h1 r1/2Karel NedvědBOH– (3 h1)
DNSAl KraenzleinUSA– (DNS h1)
DNSFred MoloneyUSA– (DNS h1)
DNSZoltán SpeidlHUN– (DNS h2)
DNSNorman PritchardIND– (DNS h2)
DNSGustav Adolf RauGER– (DNS h2)

Round One (14 July 1900 — 11:55)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:55)

1Walter TewksburyUSA1:01.0QOR
2William LewisUSAat 9 metresQ
3Karel NedvědBOH
DNSAl KraenzleinUSA
DNSFred MoloneyUSA

Heat Two (11:55)

1Henri TauzinFRA1:00.2QOR
2George OrtonUSAclose behindQ
DNSZoltán SpeidlHUN
DNSNorman PritchardIND
DNSGustav Adolf RauGER

Final (15 July 1900 — 16:15)

1Walter TewksburyUSA57.6OR
2Henri TauzinFRAat 5 yards
3George OrtonUSAat 4 yards