| Event type

5 miles, Men

Date25 April 1906
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants28 from 12 countries
FormatFinal only.

Oddly held at an English distance, this race was expected to go to the Englishman, Henry Hawtrey. The top distance runner in the world was Britain’s Alf Shrubb, AAA champion over four miles from 1901-1904, but he had recently turned professional.

Hawtrey had no difficulties, going to the front at two miles, and eventually winning by over 50 yards. Sweden’s John Svanberg was an equally easy second. In third, Ireland’s John Daly and Sweden’s Edward Dahl were neck-and-neck coming down the final stretch. Daly weaved in and out several times, effectively preventing Dahl any chance to pass him. For this he was disqualified, although not until the next day. Apparently Daly’s weaving was not a conscious effort but one borne of his total exhaustion. Prior to the 1906 Olympics, Hawtrey’s major achievement on the track had come in the 1902 AAA one mile championship, when he had finished second to Joe Binks, but defeated the renowned Alf Shrubb, who had to retire because of the fast pace.

1245Henry HawtreyGBR26:11.8Gold
2643John SvanbergSWE26:19.4Silver
3147Edward DahlSWE26:26.2Bronze
454George BonhagUSA
5849Pericle PaglianiITA
653George BlakeAUS
AC824Felix KwietonAUT
AC472Arnošt NejedlýBOH
AC403Arthur Pitt-MarsonEGY
AC180Francis EdwardsGBR
AC428John McGoughGBR
AC733Henry WeberGBR
AC118Arnold ChurchillGBR
AC114Stephen CarnellyGBR
AC646Dimitrios StamouGRE
AC413Xenofon MilonakisGRE
AC30Ioannis ArvanitisGRE
AC341Dimitrios KantziasGRE
AC663Ioannis SantorinaiosGRE
AC693Alkiviadis TzelepopoulosGRE
AC637Ernst SerranderSWE
AC108Harvey CohnUSA
AC195William FrankUSA
AC192Louis Bonniot de FleuracFRADNF
AC576Gaston RagueneauFRADNF
AC436Hermann MüllerGERDNF
AC677Fritz SkullerudNORDNF
AC145John DalyGBRDQ
DNS242Elwood HughesCAN
DNS484Eugene NielsenDEN
DNS717Jacques VerselFRA
DNS144Jan DvoräkBOH
DNS58Louis BouchardFRA
DNS481N. NikoloudakisGRE
DNS675Sven StrömbergSWE
DNS72Thure BergvallSWE
DNS253Kristian HellströmSWE
DNS383Johan LindqvistSWE
DNS691Gustaf TörnrosSWE
DNS193Joe ForshawUSA
DNS205Bob FowlerUSA
DNS623Mike SpringUSA
DNS626James SullivanUSA
DNS617Billy SherringCAN
DNS582André RoffiFRA
DNS621Michel SoalhatFRA
DNS635Robert SenneckeGER
DNS73Evangelos VolanakisCRT
DNS295Mikhail GiannarakisCRT
DNS191Edmond FiliâtreFRA