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100 metres, Men

Date25 – 27 April 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants42 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 10.8 WR / Walter Tewksbury USA / 14 July 1900
10.8 WR / Frank Jarvis USA / 14 July 1900

Archie Hahn was the favorite although this was solely based on his 1904 victory, as he had been unimpressive in the intervening years. Sorely missed were Britain’s Jack Morton, 1904-06 AAA champion, and America’s Arthur Duffey, probably the world’s top sprinter, but one who had been disqualified in 1905 for professionalism through some rather specious reasoning. It was thought that James Sullivan, who worked for Spalding, ruled against Duffey because Duffey refused to wear Spalding spikes. The world record at the start of 1906 was 10 4/5, held by at least eight different sprinters.

There were some problems with the starter in this event as, in the early rounds, there were several false starts, and many flyers were unrecalled. This was apparently due, in part, to the athlete’s unfamiliarity with the starting instructions, which were given in Greek. The final, however, was an absolutely fair start. Archie Hahn defended the Olympic title he had won in St. Louis, winning fairly comfortably by about a yard. The fight for second was very close, but Fay Moulton edged ahead of Nigel Barker by inches near the line. The other three finalists were not close.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1235Archie HahnUSA12.0 (1 h1)11.4 (1 h1)11.2 (1)Gold
2414Fay MoultonUSA11.8 (1 h3)11.4 (1 h2)at 1 yard (2)Silver
344Nigel BarkerAUS– (2 h9)at 1 yard (2 h3)at 1 foot (3)Bronze
4175William EatonUSA11.6 (1 h2)11.6 (1 h3)at 1½ yard (4)
5580Lawson RobertsonUSA11.4 (1 h9)at 2 yards (2 h1)close behind (5)
6382Knut LindbergSWE11.8 (1 h4)at 1½ yard (2 h2)at 1 yard (6)
3 h1 r2/395Otto BockDEN– (2 h1)– (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3613William SchickUSA12.2 (1 h6)– (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/3246Wyndham HalswelleGBR– (2 h6)– (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/37Sidney AbrahamsGBR11.8 (1 h10)– (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/3401Axel LjungSWE– (2 h7)– (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3512Bohuslav Pohl-PolenskýBOH– (2 h4)– (5 h1)
5 h3 r2/3892Gaspare TorrettaITA– (2 h2)– (5 h3)
6 h3 r2/3263Alfred HealeyGBR12.2 (1 h8)– (6 h3)
1 h5 r1/3361Georgios KesarGRE12.6 (1 h5)
1 h7 r1/3591Reginald ReedGBR12.0 (1 h7)
2 h3 r1/3187Pantelis EktorosGRE– (2 h3)
2 h8 r1/3162Vincent DunckerGER12.2 (2 h8)
2 h10 r1/3514Meyer PrinsteinUSA– (2 h10)
3 h2 r1/3404Géo MalfaitFRA– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3104Martin BeckmannGER– (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3149Konstantinos DevetzisGRE– (3 h4)
3 h6 r1/3822Gustav KrojerAUT– (3 h6)
3 h8 r1/327Sotirios AnastasopoulosGRE– (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/3Martin BrustmannGER– (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/350Marc Bellin du CoteauFRA– (3 h10)
4 h2 r1/3874Robert SchöffthalerAUT– (4 h2)
4 h6 r1/3Wilhelm RitzenhoffGER– (4 h6)
4 h8 r1/3809Uno HäggmanFIN– (4 h8)
5 h2 r1/3257Fritz HofmannGER– (5 h2)
5 h6 r1/3609Gunnar RönströmSWE– (5 h6)
5 h8 r1/3433Nikolaos MourmourisGRE– (5 h8)
AC h1 r1/3828Karl LampelmayerAUT– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/3730Julius WagnerGER– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/3756Georgios ZinonGRE– (AC h1)
AC h4 r1/3536Aage PetersenDEN– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/3563Patestos PatestidisGRE– (AC h4)
AC h5 r1/3574George QueyrouzeUSA– (AC h5)
AC h9 r1/3315Otto Hahnel-KohoutBOH– (AC h9)
AC h9 r1/3517A. PapadakisGRE– (AC h9)
AC h10 r1/3Vasilios StournarasGRE– (AC h10)
AC h10 r1/3804Miksa HellmichHUN– (AC h10)
DNS525Charles ParsonsUSA
DNS640G. SotiriadisGRE
DNS17Harald ÅsbrinkSWE
DNS317Jan KošekBOH
DNS277Ph. IatrouGRE
DNS430R. MacPhersonGBR
DNS405Raoul MatetFRA
DNS689Y. ShakhotinRUS
DNS369Georges LenerueFRA
DNS71Christian BuschGER
DNS329Joseph KrämerGER
DNS313Adolphe KlingelhoeferFRA
DNS202Karl FryksdahlSWE
DNS516Vahram PapazyanTUR
DNS239Harry HillmanUSA
DNS486Niels LøwDEN
DNS581Mikhail RossidisGRE
DNS311Bert KerriganUSA
DNS19Ioannis AvelasGRE
DNS280Omiros IosifoglouGRE

Round One (25 April 1906)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1235Archie HahnUSA12.0Q
295Otto BockDENQ
AC756Georgios ZinonGRE
AC730Julius WagnerGER
AC828Karl LampelmayerAUT

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1175William EatonUSA11.6Q
2892Gaspare TorrettaITAQ
3404Géo MalfaitFRA
4874Robert SchöffthalerAUT
5257Fritz HofmannGER

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1414Fay MoultonUSA11.8Q
2187Pantelis EktorosGREQ
3104Martin BeckmannGER

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1382Knut LindbergSWE11.8Q
2512Bohuslav Pohl-PolenskýBOHQ
3149Konstantinos DevetzisGRE
AC536Aage PetersenDEN
AC563Patestos PatestidisGRE

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1361Georgios KesarGRE12.6Q
AC574George QueyrouzeUSADNF

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1613William SchickUSA12.2Q
2246Wyndham HalswelleGBRQ
3822Gustav KrojerAUT
4Wilhelm RitzenhoffGER
5609Gunnar RönströmSWE

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1591Reginald ReedGBR12.0Q
2401Axel LjungSWEQ

Heat Eight

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1263Alfred HealeyGBR12.2Q
2162Vincent DunckerGER12.2Q
327Sotirios AnastasopoulosGRE
4809Uno HäggmanFIN
5433Nikolaos MourmourisGRE

Heat Nine

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1580Lawson RobertsonUSA11.4Q
244Nigel BarkerAUSQ
3Martin BrustmannGER
AC517A. PapadakisGRE
AC315Otto Hahnel-KohoutBOH

Heat Ten

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
17Sidney AbrahamsGBR11.8Q
2514Meyer PrinsteinUSAQ
350Marc Bellin du CoteauFRA
AC804Miksa HellmichHUN
ACVasilios StournarasGRE

Semi-Finals (25 April 1906)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1235Archie HahnUSA11.4Q
2580Lawson RobertsonUSAat 2 yardsQ
395Otto BockDEN
47Sidney AbrahamsGBR
5512Bohuslav Pohl-PolenskýBOH

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1414Fay MoultonUSA11.4Q
2382Knut LindbergSWEat 1½ yardQ
3613William SchickUSA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1175William EatonUSA11.6Q
244Nigel BarkerAUSat 1 yardQ
3246Wyndham HalswelleGBR
4401Axel LjungSWE
5892Gaspare TorrettaITA
6263Alfred HealeyGBR

Final (27 April 1906)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Archie HahnUSA11.2
24Fay MoultonUSAat 1 yard
32Nigel BarkerAUSat 1 foot
41William EatonUSAat 1½ yard
5580Lawson RobertsonUSAclose behind
6382Knut LindbergSWEat 1 yard