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100 metres, Men

Date14 July 1900
StatusOlympic
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants20 from 9 countries

The heavy favorite in this race was Arthur Duffey, who the week before in London, had won the first of four consecutive AAA titles at 100 yards. His heat times were not remarkable but he was unpressed in both rounds. Frank Jarvis and Walter Tewksbury, however, both posted a new world record of 10.8 in winning their heats.

In the heats of this event, the French starter Meier, proved incompetent and was soon replaced by the well-known British starter George F. Sandford. The start of the final was described as very even, but at the halfway mark, Duffey had opened up a lead of a metre. Suddenly he fell to the track, having pulled a muscle badly. The others finished close together, about one yard separating the three finishers, but Frank Jarvis took the title in 11.0 seconds.

Duffey was the greatest sprinter since Bernie Wefers. In 1902, he ran 100 yards in 9.6 seconds and he won several IC4A, AAU, and AAA championships, but his name is not to be found in the record books. In 1905, he was declared a professional by AAU president James Sullivan, and Sullivan ordered all Duffey’s marks expunged from the records. Duffey’s crime, according to Charles Paddock, was that he chose to wear running shoes made by an English company, and not by the New York company with which Sullivan was affiliated.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFRepFinal
1Frank JarvisUSA10.8 (1 h3)11.2 (1 h3)11.0 (1)Gold
2Walter TewksburyUSA11.4 (1 h2)10.8 (1 h2)at 2 feet (2)Silver
3Stan RowleyAUSat 1 metre (2 h3)at 5 feet (2 h1)11.0 (1)at ½ yard (3)Bronze
AC r3/3Arthur DuffeyUSA11.4 (1 h1)11.0 (1 h1)– (AC)
2 h4 r2/3Norman PritchardIND11.4 (1 h5)– (3 h3)close behind (2)
3 h4 r2/3Clark LeibleeUSA11.4 (1 h4)at ½ foot (2 h2)– (3)
4 h1 r2/3Dixon BoardmanUSAat 1 yard (2 h6)– (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/3Edmund MinahanUSAat ½ yard (2 h5)– (4 h3)
AC h4 r2/3Charles BurroughsUSA11.4 (1 h6)– (3 h1)– (AC)
AC h4 r2/3Fred MoloneyUSAat 1 yard (2 h1)– (3 h2)– (AC)
AC h4 r2/3Thaddeus McClainUSAat ½ foot (2 h2)at 1 yard (2 h3)– (AC)
AC h2 r2/3Kurt DoerryGERat 1 yard (2 h4)– (AC h2)
3 h1 r1/3Václav NovýBOH– (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3Pál KoppánHUN– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Umberto ColomboITA– (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Johannes GandilDEN– (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Ernő SchubertHUN– (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Henry SlackUSA– (3 h6)
4 h3 r1/3Julius KeylGER– (4 h3)
4 h5 r1/3Isaac WestergrenSWE– (4 h5)
DNSJustus ScraffordUSA– (DNS h1)
DNSErnst SchultzDEN– (DNS h1)
DNSAlbert AmrheinGER– (DNS h2)
DNSAlbert WitbeckUSA– (DNS h2)
DNSAl KraenzleinUSA– (DNS h3)
DNSRotolanteITA– (DNS h4)
DNSMaxey LongUSA– (DNS h5)
DNSThibuld HammondUSA– (DNS h6)
DNSYngvar BrynNOR– (DNS h6)
DNSZoltán SpeidlHUN– (DNS h6)

Round One (14 July 1900)

Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arthur DuffeyUSA11.4QOR
2Fred MoloneyUSAat 1 yardQ
3Václav NovýBOH
DNSJustus ScraffordUSA
DNSErnst SchultzDEN

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Walter TewksburyUSA11.4Q=OR
2Thaddeus McClainUSAat ½ footQ
3Pál KoppánHUN
DNSAlbert AmrheinGER
DNSAlbert WitbeckUSA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Frank JarvisUSA10.8Q=WR
2Stan RowleyAUSat 1 metreQ
3Umberto ColomboITA
4Julius KeylGER
DNSAl KraenzleinUSA

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Clark LeibleeUSA11.4Q
2Kurt DoerryGERat 1 yardQ
3Johannes GandilDEN
DNSRotolanteITA

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Norman PritchardIND11.4Q
2Edmund MinahanUSAat ½ yardQ
3Ernő SchubertHUN
4Isaac WestergrenSWE
DNSMaxey LongUSA

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Charles BurroughsUSA11.4Q1
2Dixon BoardmanUSAat 1 yardQ
3Henry SlackUSA
DNSThibuld HammondUSA
DNSYngvar BrynNOR
DNSZoltán SpeidlHUN

Semi-Finals (14 July 1900 — 10:30)

Winners in each heat advanced to the final. Second and third in each heat advanced to the repêchage heat.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arthur DuffeyUSA11.0Q
2Stan RowleyAUSat 5 feetq
3Charles BurroughsUSAq
4Dixon BoardmanUSA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Walter TewksburyUSA10.8Q=WR
2Clark LeibleeUSAat ½ footq
3Fred MoloneyUSAq
ACKurt DoerryGERDNF

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Frank JarvisUSA11.2Q
2Thaddeus McClainUSAat 1 yardq
3Norman PritchardINDq
4Edmund MinahanUSA

Repêchage (14 July 1900)

Winner advanced to the finals. Eligible were those who finished second or third in the semi-finals.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Stan RowleyAUS11.0Q
2Norman PritchardINDclose behind
3Clark LeibleeUSA
ACCharles BurroughsUSA
ACFred MoloneyUSA
ACThaddeus McClainUSA

Final (14 July 1900 — 11:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Frank JarvisUSA11.0
2Walter TewksburyUSAat 2 feet
3Stan RowleyAUSat ½ yard
ACArthur DuffeyUSADNF