| Event type

800 metres, Men

Date6 – 9 April 1896
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants9 from 6 countries

America’s Charles Kilpatrick was the world record holder and easily the top ½-mile runner in the world, but he did not make the trip to Athens. This left the favorite’s role to Australia’s Edwin “Teddy” Flack, an accountant who was living and training in London in 1896.

The heats of the 800 metres were held on 6 April. Flack won heat one over Hungary’s Nándor Dáni, with Fritz Traun (GER) third, and Britain’s George Marshall finishing fourth and last. In heat two, Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) won narrowly over three Hellenes, led by Dimitrios Golemis, and Georges de la Nézière of France.

The 800 metre finals were held three days later on 9 April. Lermusiaux chose not to start, presumably saving himself for the marathon which was to start the next day. Thus, only three runners contested the final – Flack, Dáni, and Golemis. Flack won by 10 metres in 2:11.0, easing up, with Dáni second, and Golemis over 100 metres behind Flack.

12Teddy FlackAUS2:10 (1 h1)2:11 (1)Gold
2Nándor DániHUN2:10.2 (2 h1)2:11.8 (2)Silver
3Dimitrios GolemisGRE2:16.8 (2 h2)at 20-100 metres (3)Bronze
1 h1 r1/24Albin LermusiauxFRA2:16.6 (1 h2)
3 h1 r1/2Fritz TraunGERat 20 metres (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2Georges de la NézièreFRA– (3 h2)
4 h1 r1/2George MarshallGBR– (4 h1)
AC h2 r1/2Dimitri TombrofGRE– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Angelos FetsisGRE– (AC h2)
DNSLuis SubercaseauxCHI
DNSIstván ZaborszkyHUN
DNSFritz HofmannGER
DNSFrantz ReichelFRA
DNSKurt DoerryGER

Round One (6 April 1896 — 16:15)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (16:15)

12Teddy FlackAUS2:10QOR
2Nándor DániHUN2:10.2Q
3Fritz TraunGERat 20 metres
4George MarshallGBR

Heat Two

14Albin LermusiauxFRA2:16.6Q
2Dimitrios GolemisGRE2:16.8Q
3Georges de la NézièreFRA
ACDimitri TombrofGRE
ACAngelos FetsisGRE

Final (9 April 1896 — 14:30)

12Teddy FlackAUS2:11
2Nándor DániHUN2:11.8
3Dimitrios GolemisGREat 20-100 metres