Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 7 (heats)
April 10 (final)
Competitors 8 from 6 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men

The men's 110 metres hurdles was the only hurdling event on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The preliminary heats were the first track event of the day on 7 April. Eight competitors ran in two heats of four runners each. Only the fastest two runners in each heat advanced to the final.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The heats were held on 7 April. The top two finishers in each of the two heats advanced to the final.

Heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Grantley Goulding (GBR) 18.4 s
2  Frantz Reichel (FRA) Unknown
3  Alajos Szokolyi (HUN) Unknown
4  Anastasios Andreou (GRE) Unknown

Grantley Goulding of Great Britain finished first, in a time of 18.4 seconds. Szokolyi hit the last hurdle and stumbled, allowing Reichel to pass him and finish second.

Heat 2[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Thomas Curtis (USA) 18.0 s
2  William Hoyt (USA) Unknown
3-4  Kurt Dörry (GER) Unknown
 Athanasios Skaltsogiannis (GRE) Unknown

The Americans finished 1st and 2nd in this heat, with Thomas Curtis advancing to the final with a time of 18 seconds, and Hoyt second.

Athanasios Skaltsogiannis of Greece and Kurt Dörry of Germany also competed, though their final positions are not recorded.

Final[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Thomas Curtis (USA) 17.6 s
2  Grantley Goulding (GBR) 17.6 s
 William Hoyt (USA) DNS
 Frantz Reichel (FRA) DNS

The final of the 110 metre hurdles was run on 10 April. Reichel was unable to compete in the final as he was serving as an assistant to Albin Lermusiaux in the marathon, and Hoyt withdrew in order to prepare for the pole vault; thus, only two athletes competed, but they finished within one-tenth of a second. Goulding led at the final hurdle, being a better hurdler, but Curtis passed him in the straight and won a tight race by two inches.

References[edit]

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at la84foundation.org)
  • Mallon, Bill; & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at la84foundation.org)
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.