Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Gymnastics

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, eight gymnastics events, all for men, were contested in Panathinaiko Stadium. They were organized and prepared by the Sub-Committee for Wrestling and Gymnastics. Events took place on 9 April, 10 April, and 11 April 1896. 71 competitors from 9 nations (including 52 from Greece) took part in gymnastics.

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Horizontal bar
details
 Hermann Weingärtner
Germany (GER)
 Alfred Flatow
Germany (GER)
none
Parallel bars
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 Alfred Flatow
Germany (GER)
 Louis Zutter
Switzerland (SUI)
none
Pommel horse
details
 Louis Zutter
Switzerland (SUI)
 Hermann Weingärtner
Germany (GER)
none
Rings
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 Ioannis Mitropoulos
Greece (GRE)
 Hermann Weingärtner
Germany (GER)
 Petros Persakis
Greece (GRE)
Rope climbing
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 Nikolaos Andriakopoulos
Greece (GRE)
 Thomas Xenakis
Greece (GRE)
 Fritz Hofmann
Germany (GER)
Vault
details
 Carl Schuhmann
Germany (GER)
 Louis Zutter
Switzerland (SUI)
 Hermann Weingärtner
Germany (GER)
Team parallel bars
details
 Germany (GER)
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Hofmann
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Hermann Weingärtner
Greece
Nikolaos Andriakopoulos
Spyros Athanasopoulos
Petros Persakis
Thomas Xenakis
Greece
Ioannis Chrysafis
Ioannis Mitropoulos
Dimitrios Loundras
Filippos Karvelas
Team horizontal bar
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 Germany (GER)
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hillmar
Fritz Hofmann
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Hermann Weingärtner
none none

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 71 gymnasts from 9 nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 5 3 2 10
2 Greece 2 2 2 6
3 Switzerland 1 2 0 3

Sub-Committee for Wrestling and Gymnastics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • 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 [1])
  • 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 [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X. 

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