| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date14 – 15 July 1900
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants15 from 6 countries
Olympic Record 54.2 / Tom Burke USA / 7 April 1896

The heats were held on 14 July, a Saturday, and the Americans dominated those proceedings, qualifying five runners for the six-man final. The final was held the next day, and three of the Americans, Dixon Boardman, William Moloney, and Harry Lee, declined to compete because of the problems with Sunday competition.

With only three starters, the event was robbed of some of its interest. Maxie Long had been the favorite, having won the 1898 and 1899 AAU Championship and, only the week before, the 1900 AAA title. But he had lost the 1900 IC4A title to Yale’s Boardman, so Boardman’s absence essentially handed Long the championship.

Long took the lead at the outset, followed by Bill Holland and Ernst Schultz. Coming into the final straight, as they exited the tree-bordered section of the track, Long was ahead by three yards and he finished up five in front of Holland, with Schulz a well-spent third. In a strange set of events, Long was cheered heartily by the French spectators. He was wearing the blue-and-white colors of his school, Columbia, and the French mistook this for the colors of the Racing Club de France, and thought Long was one of theirs.

Later in 1900, Maxie Long did some outstanding record-breaking over this distance. On 29 September he ran 440 yards in 47.8 on a one-fifth mile track. A few days later, on 4 October, he ran the same distance in 47.0 over a straightaway at Guttenberg racetrack in New Jersey.

1Maxey LongUSA50.4 (1 h1)49.4 (1)GoldOR
2Bill HollandUSA– (2 h3)at 5 yards (2)Silver
3Ernst SchultzDENeasy win (2 h2)at 25 yards (3)Bronze
1 h2 r1/2William MoloneyUSA51.0 (1 h2)
1 h3 r1/2Dixon BoardmanUSA51.2 (1 h3)
2 h1 r1/2Harry LeeUSAeasy win (2 h1)
3 h1 r1/2Harvey LordUSA– (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2Charles-Robert FaidideFRA– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Henry SlackUSA– (3 h3)
4 h1 r1/2Georges ClémentFRA– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Pál KoppánHUN– (4 h2)
5 h1 r1/2Walter DrumhellerUSA– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Yngvar BrynNOR– (5 h2)
AC h3 r1/2Zoltán SpeidlHUN– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2Umberto ColomboITA– (AC h3)
DNSFrank JarvisUSA– (DNS h1)
DNS RotolanteITA– (DNS h1)
DNSNorman PritchardIND– (DNS h1)
DNSAlbert AmrheinGER– (DNS h1)
DNSStan RowleyAUS– (DNS h2)
DNSWalter TewksburyUSA– (DNS h2)
DNSHarrison SmithUSA– (DNS h2)
DNSAlbert WerkmüllerGER– (DNS h2)
DNSJohannes GandilDEN– (DNS h3)
DNSAlbert WitbeckUSA– (DNS h3)
DNSKarel NedvědBOH– (DNS h3)
DNSCornelius von LubowieckiAUT– (DNS h3)

Round One (14 July 1900 — 11:25)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:25)

1Maxey LongUSA50.4QOR
2Harry LeeUSAeasy winQ
3Harvey LordUSA
4Georges ClémentFRA
5Walter DrumhellerUSA
DNSFrank JarvisUSA
DNS RotolanteITA
DNSNorman PritchardIND
DNSAlbert AmrheinGER

Heat Two (11:25)

1William MoloneyUSA51.0Q
2Ernst SchultzDENeasy winQ
3Charles-Robert FaidideFRA
4Pál KoppánHUN
5Yngvar BrynNOR
DNSStan RowleyAUS
DNSWalter TewksburyUSA
DNSHarrison SmithUSA
DNSAlbert WerkmüllerGER

Heat Three (11:25)

1Dixon BoardmanUSA51.2Q
2Bill HollandUSAQ
3Henry SlackUSA
ACZoltán SpeidlHUN
ACUmberto ColomboITA
DNSJohannes GandilDEN
DNSAlbert WitbeckUSA
DNSKarel NedvědBOH
DNSCornelius von LubowieckiAUT

Final (15 July 1900 — 15:00)

1Maxey LongUSA49.4OR
2Bill HollandUSAat 5 yards
3Ernst SchultzDENat 25 yards