With only 10 starters, no heats were contested. The scratch man was Canadian George Orton, who started at 20 metres. The largest handicap went to German Franz Duhne with 150 metres and that would prove decisive as the field could not catch him. Denmark’s Christian Christensen, starting at 90 metres and the winner of the 800 metre handicap event, did get up to Duhne on the second lap but the effort was too much for him, and he fell back, eventually finishing second. Britain’s Charles Bennett was entered off scratch but did not start. Orton, hopelessly behind, finished last in 4:09.8.