| Event type

800 metres, Men

Date14 – 16 July 1900
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants18 from 7 countries

The heats were held on Saturday, and the only real surprise was the dismal showing of Alex Grant, AAU champ in the mile in 1899 who would win the 1900 AAU 800. But in his heat he failed to crack the top five.

The final was held two days later, and the favorite was the Englishman, Alfred Tysoe, 1897 AAA mile and 10-mile champion, although Brown’s Dave Hall had posted the fastest qualifying time, an Olympic record 1:59.0. Henri Deloge took the early lead, taking the field through a slow 440 yards in 65.0. At the head of the final straight, both Tysoe and John Cregan moved out ahead, and Tysoe pulled away to a comfortable victory. Cregan got second, but Deloge faltered in the stretch and was passed for third by Hall. Tysoe’s race was certainly one of the more amazing examples of negative splitting the 800, as his splits were approximately 65.2-56.0.

1Alfred TysoeGBRat 3 yards (2 h1)2:01.2 (1)Gold
2John CreganUSA2:03.0 (1 h3)at 3 yards (2)Silver
3Dave HallUSA1:59.0 (1 h1)at 8 yards (3)Bronze
4Henry DelogeFRA2:00.6 (1 h2)– (4)
5Zoltán SpeidlHUNat 3 yards (2 h2)– (5)
6John BrayUSAat 6 yards (2 h3)– (6)
3 h1 r1/2Howard HayesUSAat 6 yards (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2Justus ScraffordUSAat 5 yards (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Harvey LordUSAat 4 yards (3 h3)
4 h1 r1/2Maurice SalomezFRA– (4 h1)
5 h1 r1/2Christian ChristensenDEN– (5 h1)
AC h1 r1/2Alex GrantUSA– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Walter DrumhellerUSA– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2Emilio BanfiITA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Edward BushnellUSA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Harrison SmithUSA– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2Ondřej PuklBOH– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2Edward MechlingUSA– (AC h3)
DNSCornelius von LubowieckiAUT– (DNS h1)
DNSJohannes RungeGER– (DNS h2)
DNSWilliam MoloneyUSA– (DNS h3)
DNSGeorge WoodUSA– (DNS h3)

Round One (14 July 1900 — 10:15)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:15)

1Dave HallUSA1:59.0QOR
2Alfred TysoeGBRat 3 yardsQ
3Howard HayesUSAat 6 yards
4Maurice SalomezFRA
5Christian ChristensenDEN
ACAlex GrantUSA
ACWalter DrumhellerUSA
DNSCornelius von LubowieckiAUT

Heat Two (10:15)

1Henry DelogeFRA2:00.6Q
2Zoltán SpeidlHUNat 3 yardsQ
3Justus ScraffordUSAat 5 yards
ACEdward BushnellUSA
ACEmilio BanfiITA
ACHarrison SmithUSA
DNSJohannes RungeGER

Heat Three (10:15)

1John CreganUSA2:03.0Q
2John BrayUSAat 6 yardsQ
3Harvey LordUSAat 4 yards
ACEdward MechlingUSA
ACOndřej PuklBOH
DNSWilliam MoloneyUSA
DNSGeorge WoodUSA

Final (16 July 1900)

1Alfred TysoeGBR2:01.2
2John CreganUSAat 3 yards
3Dave HallUSAat 8 yards
4Henry DelogeFRA
5Zoltán SpeidlHUN
6John BrayUSA


400 m1:05.0Henry Deloge