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400 metres, Men

Date27 – 30 April 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants25 from 8 countries

The 1904 champion, Harry Hillman, was the favorite, with Britain’s Wyndham Halswelle (1905-06 AAA champion) and Australia’s Nigel Barker, also given a fair chance. There were three other U.S. finalists, but the 400 was not the top event for either Fay Moulton or Charles Bacon, as Moulton preferred the shorter sprints, and Bacon the hurdles. Paul Pilgrim, the other American, had only been added to the team at the last minute, and had to pay his own expenses to accompany the American team. He surprised by surviving to the final, but was given no chance to win.

Hillman fell off the pace early, which was set by Halswelle and Barker. Coming into the final straight, they led with Pilgrim in third. Down the stretch, Pilgrim passed the two Commonwealth athletes and won quite easily, to everyone’s surprise.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Repêchage HeatFinal
1511Paul PilgrimUSA55.2 (1 h2)53.2 (1)Gold
2246Wyndham HalswelleGBR54.0 (1 h4)at 4 yards (2)Silver
344Nigel BarkerAUS53.0 (1 h3)at 2 yards (3)Bronze
4239Harry HillmanUSA54.8 (1 h1)– (4)
543Charles BaconUSA56.2 (1 h5)– (5)
6414Fay MoultonUSA54.8 (1 h6)– (6)
713William AndersonGBR– (2 h1)54.8 (1)– (7)
850Marc Bellin du CoteauFRA– (2 h5)– (2)– (8)
3 h1 r2/3162Vincent DunckerGER– (2 h2)– (3)
2 h3 r1/3370Jim LightbodyUSA53.0 (2 h3)
2 h4 r1/3580Lawson RobertsonUSA– (2 h4)
2 h6 r1/3590Johannes RungeGER– (2 h6)
3 h1 r1/3536Aage PetersenDEN– (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3256John HorneGBR– (3 h3)
3 h5 r1/3574George QueyrouzeUSA– (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3104Martin BeckmannGER– (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3524Eli ParsonsUSA– (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3404Géo MalfaitFRA– (4 h3)
4 h6 r1/3591Reginald ReedGBR– (4 h6)
AC h2 r1/3168Ioannis DemestikhasGRE– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/3649Dimitrios SiantisGRE– (AC h2)
AC h4 r1/3187Pantelis EktorosGRE– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/327Sotirios AnastasopoulosGRE– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/3714Howard ValentineUSA– (AC h4)
AC h5 r1/3828Karl LampelmayerAUT– (AC h5)
DNS525Charles ParsonsUSA
DNS504E. ParousisGRE
DNS640G. SotiriadisGRE
DNS481N. NikoloudakisGRE
DNS122Ken CornwallisGBR
DNS430R. MacPhersonGBR
DNS405Raoul MatetFRA
DNS369Georges LenerueFRA
DNS53George BlakeAUS
DNS824Felix KwietonAUT
DNS7Sidney AbrahamsGBR
DNS829Emilio LunghiITA
DNS849Pericle PaglianiITA
DNS848Roberto PennaITA
DNS514Meyer PrinsteinUSA
DNS726Dad WheatleyAUS
DNS874Robert SchöffthalerAUT
DNS95Otto BockDEN
DNS361Georgios KesarGRE
DNS433Nikolaos MourmourisGRE
DNS563Patestos PatestidisGRE
DNS73Evangelos VolanakisCRT
DNS295Mikhail GiannarakisCRT
DNS756Georgios ZinonGRE
DNS804Miksa HellmichHUN
DNS431Hjalmar MellanderSWE
DNS613William SchickUSA

Round One (27 April 1906)

Winners of heats advanced to the final. Runners-up advanced to the repêchage.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1239Harry HillmanUSA54.8Q
213William AndersonGBRq
3536Aage PetersenDEN
4524Eli ParsonsUSA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1511Paul PilgrimUSA55.2Q
2162Vincent DunckerGERq
AC168Ioannis DemestikhasGRE
AC649Dimitrios SiantisGRE

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
144Nigel BarkerAUS53.0Q
2370Jim LightbodyUSA53.0q
3256John HorneGBR
4404Géo MalfaitFRA

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1246Wyndham HalswelleGBR54.0Q
2580Lawson RobertsonUSAq
AC187Pantelis EktorosGRE
AC27Sotirios AnastasopoulosGRE
AC714Howard ValentineUSA

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
143Charles BaconUSA56.2Q
250Marc Bellin du CoteauFRAq
3574George QueyrouzeUSA
AC828Karl LampelmayerAUTDNF

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1414Fay MoultonUSA54.8Q
2590Johannes RungeGERq
3104Martin BeckmannGER
4591Reginald ReedGBR

Repêchage Heat (27 April 1906)

Runners-up in heats eligible. Winner and runner-up to the final.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
113William AndersonGBR54.8Q
250Marc Bellin du CoteauFRAQ
3162Vincent DunckerGER

Final (30 April 1906)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1511Paul PilgrimUSA53.2
2246Wyndham HalswelleGBRat 4 yards
344Nigel BarkerAUSat 2 yards
4239Harry HillmanUSA
543Charles BaconUSA
6414Fay MoultonUSA
713William AndersonGBR
850Marc Bellin du CoteauFRA