Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 7
Competitors 8 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Edwin Flack
2nd, silver medalist(s) Arthur Blake
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Albin Lermusiaux
1900 →

The men's 1500 metres race, the longest flat-track race of the 1896 Summer Olympics programme, was the last event on 7 April. It was run in a single heat, with eight athletes competing.[1]

Albin Lermusiaux of France led for most of the race, but was caught by Flack and Blake 100m from the end and finished with a bronze medal. Edwin Flack won the race by five meters, becoming the first Australian Olympic champion. The four Greek athletes trailed the other four athletes, though records do not indicate which position the last two finished in.


Place Athlete Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Edwin Flack  Australia 4:33.2 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Arthur Blake  United States 4:33.6
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Albin Lermusiaux  France 4:36.0
4 Carl Galle  Germany 4:39.0
5 Angelos Fetsis  Greece Unknown
6 Dimitrios Golemis  Greece Unknown
7-8 Konstantinos Karakatsanis  Greece Unknown
7-8 Dimitrios Tomprof  Greece Unknown


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athens Games: Men's 1500 metres". Retrieved 23 October 2017.


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