| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date22 July 1900
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants8 from 7 countries

Strangely, this event was held almost a full week after the other scratch competitions, at a time when most of the handicap events were being contested. On a cool, sunny day the start was very even, with Norman Pritchard taking an early lead. But Walter Tewksbury took the lead past the halfway point and won rather easily.

Tewksbury was hardly unknown as a sprinter, having won the sprint double at both the 1898 and 1899 IC4A championships while a student at Penn. He graduated from that school with a dental degree and eventually practiced dentistry in his hometown of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. He lived into his late 90’s.

The second-place finisher, Norman Pritchard, was from India but lived in Britain in 1900 and was a member of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA), but later settled in the United States and became a silent film star. His national affiliation at the 1900 Olympics has long been a matter of controversy.

1Walter TewksburyUSAat 1 foot (2 h2)22.2 (1)GoldOR
2Norman PritchardINDeasy win (2 h1)at 2½ yards (2)Silver
3Stan RowleyAUS25.0 (1 h2)at ½ yard (3)Bronze
4Bill HollandUSA24.0 (1 h1)close behind (4)
3 h1 r1/2Adolphe KlingelhoeferFRApoor 3rd (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2Yngvar BrynNORpoor 3rd (3 h2)
4 h1 r1/2Ernő SchubertHUN– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Albert WerkmüllerGER– (4 h2)

Round One (22 July 1900)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Bill HollandUSA24.0QOR
2Norman PritchardINDeasy winQ
3Adolphe KlingelhoeferFRApoor 3rd
4Ernő SchubertHUN

Heat Two

1Stan RowleyAUS25.0Q
2Walter TewksburyUSAat 1 footQ
3Yngvar BrynNORpoor 3rd
4Albert WerkmüllerGER

Final (22 July 1900)

1Walter TewksburyUSA22.2OR
2Norman PritchardINDat 2½ yards
3Stan RowleyAUSat ½ yard
4Bill HollandUSAclose behind