Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Dates 1 – 22 July 1900
Medal Events 23
Non-medal Events 24

The athletics events were the only events which received publicity in many countries as a part of the Olympic Games. Even the program to this sport labelled the events as “Championnats Universale.” Multiple events were contested. In addition to the standard Olympic events, handicap contest and events for professionals were also held.

The “Sunday question” also muddled the affair. The French organizers wished to hold events, including several finals, on Sunday, 15 July. But the United States’ representatives and athletes were vehemently opposed to competing on Sunday. On the Wednesday before competition began, a compromise was apparently reached. The New York Times reported that the organizers had agreed to allow American athletes in field events to compete on either Sunday or Monday, and that their marks would still count. But at the last minute, this ruling was apparently rescinded and the finals held on Sunday were just that – final. The Americans were incensed but there was little they could do, and besides, they had won most of the events.

The track & field athletics events were held on the grounds of the Racing Club de France at the Bois de Boulougne. No track was built; the events were simply run over a grass field, which had several dips and mounds in it. The “track” was 500 metres in length and also wound its way through a grove of trees at the beginning of the final straightaway. The discus throwers found many of their throws landing in the trees which greatly hindered their performance. Attendance was sparse, especially on 14 July, when the French celebrated Bastille Day. The weather was sunny throughout but on 16 and 19 July, it was unbearably hot, with temperatures above 35° C. (95° F.).

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
60 metres, Men Olympic 15 July 1900 10 6
100 metres, Men Olympic 14 July 1900 20 9
200 metres, Men Olympic 22 July 1900 8 7
400 metres, Men Olympic 14 – 15 July 1900 15 6
800 metres, Men Olympic 14 – 16 July 1900 18 7
1,500 metres, Men Olympic 15 July 1900 9 6
Marathon, Men Olympic 19 July 1900 14 4
110 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 14 July 1900 9 3
200 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 11 5
400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 14 – 15 July 1900 5 3
2,500 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 15 July 1900 6 5
4,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 8 4
5,000 metres, Team, Men Olympic 22 July 1900 10 2
High Jump, Men Olympic 15 July 1900 8 7
Standing High Jump, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 3 1
Pole Vault, Men Olympic 15 July 1900 8 5
Long Jump, Men Olympic 14 – 15 July 1900 12 6
Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 4 2
Triple Jump, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 13 6
Standing Triple Jump, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 10 4
Shot Put, Men Olympic 14 – 15 July 1900 11 5
Discus Throw, Men Olympic 14 – 15 July 1900 17 9
Hammer Throw, Men Olympic 16 July 1900 5 2
119 (119/0) 14 (14/0)

Non-medal events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Special Scratch Pole Vault #1, Men Olympic (non-medal) 16 July 1900 1 1
Special Scratch Pole Vault #2, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 2 1
100 metres, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 32 9
400 metres, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 22 July 1900 20 4
800 metres, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 13 4
1,500 metres, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 22 July 1900 10 4
110 metres Hurdles, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 22 July 1900 6 4
400 metres Hurdles, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 6 4
2,500 metres Steeplechase, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 11 5
High Jump, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 5 4
Long Jump, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 4 3
Pole Vault, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 3 3
Shot Put, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 22 July 1900 3 2
Discus Throw, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 19 July 1900 3 2
100 metres, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 4 2
400 metres, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 2
1,500 metres, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 2
5,000 metres, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 1 1
6-hour race, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 16 5
110 metres Hurdles, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 3
2,500 metres Steeplechase, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 1
High Jump, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 2
Long Jump, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 3 2
Shot Put, Professionals, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1 July 1900 2 2
67 (67/0) 6 (6/0)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres, Men Al KraenzleinUSA Walter TewksburyUSA Stan RowleyAUS
100 metres, Men Frank JarvisUSA Walter TewksburyUSA Stan RowleyAUS
200 metres, Men Walter TewksburyUSA Norman PritchardIND Stan RowleyAUS
400 metres, Men Maxey LongUSA Bill HollandUSA Ernst SchultzDEN
800 metres, Men Alfred TysoeGBR John CreganUSA Dave HallUSA
1,500 metres, Men Charles BennettGBR Henry DelogeFRA John BrayUSA
Marathon, Men Michel ThéatoFRA Émile ChampionFRA Ernst FastSWE
110 metres Hurdles, Men Al KraenzleinUSA John McLeanUSA Fred MoloneyUSA
200 metres Hurdles, Men Al KraenzleinUSA Norman PritchardIND Walter TewksburyUSA
400 metres Hurdles, Men Walter TewksburyUSA Henri TauzinFRA George OrtonUSA
2,500 metres Steeplechase, Men George OrtonUSA Sidney RobinsonGBR Jean ChastaniéFRA
4,000 metres Steeplechase, Men Jack RimmerGBR Charles BennettGBR Sidney RobinsonGBR
5,000 metres, Team, Men Amateur Athletic AssociationGBR Racing Club de FranceFRA
High Jump, Men Irv BaxterUSA Pat LeahyGBR Lajos GönczyHUN
Standing High Jump, Men Ray EwryUSA Irv BaxterUSA Lewis SheldonUSA
Pole Vault, Men Irv BaxterUSA Meredith ColketUSA Carl Albert AndersenNOR
Long Jump, Men Al KraenzleinUSA Meyer PrinsteinUSA Pat LeahyGBR
Standing Long Jump, Men Ray EwryUSA Irv BaxterUSA Émile TorchebeufFRA
Triple Jump, Men Meyer PrinsteinUSA James B. ConnollyUSA Lewis SheldonUSA
Standing Triple Jump, Men Ray EwryUSA Irv BaxterUSA Bob GarrettUSA
Shot Put, Men Dick SheldonUSA Josiah McCrackenUSA Bob GarrettUSA
Discus Throw, Men Rudolf BauerHUN František Janda-SukBOH Dick SheldonUSA
Hammer Throw, Men John FlanaganUSA Truxtun HareUSA Josiah McCrackenUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 17 13 11 41
Great Britain GBR 4 3 2 9
France FRA 1 4 2 7
Hungary HUN 1 0 1 2
India IND 0 2 0 2
Bohemia BOH 0 1 0 1
Australia AUS 0 0 3 3
Denmark DEN 0 0 1 1
Norway NOR 0 0 1 1
Sweden SWE 0 0 1 1