Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon
at the Games of the II Olympiad
The early stages of the race
|Competitors||13 from 5 nations|
|Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
|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|
|Standing long jump||men|
|Standing triple jump||men|
|Standing high jump||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.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in hours) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic Record||2'58:50(*)||Spiridon Louis||Athens (GRE)||April 10, 1896 (NS)|
(*) Distance was 40 kilometres
|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 ), 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.
- 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.
- International Olympic Committee results database
- De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at .
- 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.