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1,500 metres, Men

Date15 July 1900 — 15:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants9 from 6 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 4:33.2 / Teddy Flack AUS / 7 April 1896

As in 1896, the race was marked by its failure to attract a top field. Scotsman Hugh Welsh had retired, and although several of the top milers were in Paris – George Orton, Alex Grant, and John Cregan (who between them would win 12 consecutive AAU miles – 1892-1903) – none of them contested the 1,500, presumably because it was held on a Sunday.

Britain’s Charles Bennett led through the first lap (500 metres in 1:21.2), trailed closely by the French champion Henri Deloge. The second lap was finished in the dawdling time of 2:56 (1:34.8 for the second 500), with no change in positions. In a wild sprint finish, Bennett was never headed, although he only opened up a lead in the last few metres, running the last lap in a blazing, even for today, 1:10.2 for 500 metres. The time, 4:06.2, was a world record, but it was markedly inferior to Tom Conneff’s amateur mile record of 4:15.6.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Charles BennettGBR4:06.2GoldWR
2Henry DelogeFRAat 5 yardsSilver
3John BrayUSAat 20 yardsBronze
4Dave HallUSAat 2 yards
5Christian ChristensenDEN
6Hermann WraschtilAUT
ACLouis SegondiFRA
ACJack RimmerGBR
ACOndřej PuklBOH
DNSGeorge WoodUSA
DNSGeorge OrtonUSA
DNSJohannes RungeGER
DNSEmilio BanfiITA
DNSWilbur BurroughsUSA
DNSJohn CreganUSA
DNSAlex GrantUSA
DNSEdward MechlingUSA
DNSArthur NewtonUSA
DNSHarrison SmithUSA

Splits

500 m1:21.2Charles Bennett
1000 m2:56.0Charles Bennett