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800 metres, Men

Date25 April – 1 May 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants23 from 8 countries

The favorites were defending champion Jim Lightbody, and two Britons, Wyndham Halswelle, and Reginald Crabbe. After the heats were settled, Paul Pilgrim was given an outside chance, based on his previous day’s performance in the 400. In a very slow pace, Lightbody took the lead early and held it throughout most of the race. At 500 metres, the pack was still bunched together. Sixty yards from the finish, Pilgrim pulled up to his shoulder, and displayed his speed to win the sprint by two feet. There was nobody close to them at the finish.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1511Paul PilgrimUSA2:06.6 (1 h4)2:01.5 (1)Gold
2370Jim LightbodyUSA2:05.4 (1 h1)at 2 feet (2)Silver
3246Wyndham HalswelleGBRat 2 yards (2 h2)at 10 yards (3)Bronze
4Reginald CrabbeGBR2:07.6 (1 h3)– (4)
5253Kristian HellströmSWE2:05.8 (1 h2)– (5)
643Charles BaconUSAat 8 yards (2 h1)– (6)
7524Eli ParsonsUSA– (2 h3)– (7)
AC590Johannes RungeGERat 4 yards (2 h4)– (AC)
3 h1 r1/2637Ernst SerranderSWE– (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2714Howard ValentineUSA– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2256John HorneGBR– (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/2726Dad WheatleyAUS– (3 h4)
4 h1 r1/213William AndersonGBR– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/25Georgios AnastasiadisGRE– (4 h2)
AC h2 r1/2621Michel SoalhatFRA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/287Loukas VenizelosGRE– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2626James SullivanUSA– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2162Vincent DunckerGER– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2187Pantelis EktorosGRE– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2431Hjalmar MellanderSWE– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/2428John McGoughGBR– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/2696Khristos TsatsanifosGRE– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/2516Vahram PapazyanTUR– (AC h4)
DNS620G. SofokhleousGRE
DNS144Jan DvoräkBOH
DNS481N. NikoloudakisGRE
DNS122Ken CornwallisGBR
DNS430R. MacPhersonGBR
DNS405Raoul MatetFRA
DNS53George BlakeAUS
DNS824Felix KwietonAUT
DNS829Emilio LunghiITA
DNS849Pericle PaglianiITA
DNS848Roberto PennaITA
DNS147Edward DahlSWE
DNS54George BonhagUSA
DNS108Harvey CohnUSA
DNS44Nigel BarkerAUS
DNS50Marc Bellin du CoteauFRA
DNS168Ioannis DemestikhasGRE
DNS341Dimitrios KantziasGRE
DNS693Alkiviadis TzelepopoulosGRE
DNS73Evangelos VolanakisCRT
DNS295Mikhail GiannarakisCRT
DNS804Miksa HellmichHUN

Round One (25 April 1906)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1370Jim LightbodyUSA2:05.4Q
243Charles BaconUSAat 8 yardsQ
3637Ernst SerranderSWE
413William AndersonGBR

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1253Kristian HellströmSWE2:05.8Q
2246Wyndham HalswelleGBRat 2 yardsQ
3714Howard ValentineUSA
45Georgios AnastasiadisGRE
AC87Loukas VenizelosGRE
AC621Michel SoalhatFRA
AC626James SullivanUSA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Reginald CrabbeGBR2:07.6Q
2524Eli ParsonsUSAQ
3256John HorneGBR
AC187Pantelis EktorosGRE
AC431Hjalmar MellanderSWE
AC162Vincent DunckerGERDNF

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1511Paul PilgrimUSA2:06.6Q
2590Johannes RungeGERat 4 yardsQ
3726Dad WheatleyAUS
AC696Khristos TsatsanifosGRE
AC428John McGoughGBR
AC516Vahram PapazyanTUR

Final (1 May 1906)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1511Paul PilgrimUSA2:01.5
2370Jim LightbodyUSAat 2 feet
3246Wyndham HalswelleGBRat 10 yards
4Reginald CrabbeGBR
5253Kristian HellströmSWE
643Charles BaconUSA
7524Eli ParsonsUSA
AC590Johannes RungeGERDNF

Splits

400 mJim Lightbody