Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Marathon 1900.jpg
The early stages of the race
Venue Paris
Date July 19
Competitors 13 from 5 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Sweden
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Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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Track events
60 m   men
100 m men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
200 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
2500 m steeplechase men
4000 m steeplechase men
5000 m team race men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing triple jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men

The men's marathon was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 19, 1900. 13 athletes from five nations competed in the marathon, which used a distance of 40.26 kilometres.

The winner, Michel Théato, was originally assumed to be French, before it was discovered in the late 20th century that his nationality was Luxembourgish. The International Olympic Committee still credits this medal for France, however.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in hours) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.

World Record none
Olympic Record 2'58:50(*) Greece Spiridon Louis Athens (GRE) April 10, 1896 (NS)

(*) Distance was 40 kilometres

Results[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Michel Théato (FRA) 2:59:45
2  Émile Champion (FRA) 3:04:17
3  Ernst Fast (SWE) 3:37:14
4  Eugène Besse (FRA) 4:00:43
5  Arthur Newton (USA) 4:04:12
6-7  Dick Grant (USA) Unknown
 Ronald J. MacDonald (CAN) Unknown
 Auguste Marchais (FRA) DNF
 Johan Nyström (SWE) DNF
 E. Ion Pool (GBR) DNF
 Frederick Randall (GBR) DNF
 William Saward (GBR) DNF
 Georges Touquet-Daunis (FRA) DNF

The marathon race, which began at 2:30 p.m. on a day with temperatures reaching nearly 40°C (102°F [1]), wound through the streets of Paris. Thirteen runners started, though only twelve finished the four laps around the track that preceded the road running. Touquet-Daunis led until he withdrew from the competition, at which point Fast took over. Fast had tired himself trying to keep pace with the Frenchman, however, and was passed by Théato and Champion before long. Seven runners finished the race.

Sources[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ USA Track & Field (2004). "2004 USA Olympic Team Trials: Men’s Marathon Media Guide Supplement" (pdf). Santa Barbara, California: USA Track & Field. p. 11. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
General
  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.