Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres
|Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
|Dates||April 6 (heats)
April 7 (final)
|Competitors||7 from 4 nations|
|Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
|110 m hurdles||men|
The men's 400 metres race was the second-shortest of the flat-track events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The competition's preliminary round was the last held on the first day, 6 April. The competitors were split into two groups. The top two runners in each heat advanced to the final, which was held on the second day, 7 April.
7 athletes from 4 nations competed. 5 of those athletes were also in the 100 metres.
The first round heats were held on 6 April. The top two placers in each of the two groups advanced.
|1||Herbert Jamison (USA)||56.8 s|
|2||Fritz Hofmann (GER)||58.6 s|
|3-4||Kurt Dörry (GER)||Unknown|
|Alphonse Grisel (FRA)||Unknown|
Jamison won by 13½ yards. Hofmann and Grisel both had to run 401.83 metres after being penalized for false starts.
NOTE: The final positions of Grisel and Dörry are unclear.
|1||Thomas Burke (USA)||58.4 s|
|2||Charles Gmelin (GBR)||(1:00.5)|
|3||Frantz Reichel (FRA)||(1:02.3)|
Burke won by 15 yards, despite being tired from already having run in the heats of the 100 metres. Gmelin beat Reichel by 12 yards for second place.
|1||Thomas Burke (USA)||54.2 s|
|2||Herbert Jamison (USA)||55.2 s|
|3||Charles Gmelin (GBR)||(56.7)|
|4||Fritz Hofmann (GER)||(56.7)|
Burke beat Jamison by eight yards, with Gmelin beating Hofmann by a foot for third.
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