Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DatesApril 6 (heats)
April 9 (final)
Competitors9 from 6 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Edwin Flack
 Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nándor Dáni
 Hungary
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dimitrios Golemis
 Greece
1900 →

The men's 800 metres race was the second-longest of the four flat-track events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The preliminary heats were the third event held on 6 April. The nine competitors were split into two groups. The top two athletes in each heat advanced to the final, which was held on 9 April.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The two heats of the preliminary round were held on 6 April. The top two runners in each heat advanced.

Heat 1[edit]

Flack beat Dáni by four feet with the others far behind; his time of 2:10.0 was the inaugural Olympic record.

Rank Name Nation Time Notes
1 Edwin Flack  Australia 2:10.0 Q, OR
2 Nándor Dáni  Hungary 2:10.2 Q
3 Friedrich Traun  Germany 2:13.4
4 George Marshall  Great Britain Unknown

Heat 2[edit]

Lermusiaux beat Golemis by 1¼ yards.

Rank Name Nation Time Notes
1 Albin Lermusiaux  France 2:16.6 Q
2 Dimitrios Golemis  Greece 2:16.8 Q
3 Georges de la Nézière  France Unknown
4 Angelos Fetsis  Greece Unknown
5 Dimitrios Tomprof  Greece Unknown

Final[edit]

The final consisted of only three runners, as Lermusiaux elected not to compete to save himself for the marathon. Flack won by five meters, and Dáni finished 95 yards ahead of Golemis.

Rank Name Nation Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Edwin Flack  Australia 2:11.0
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nándor Dáni  Hungary 2:11.8
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dimitrios Golemis  Greece 2:28.0
Albin Lermusiaux  France DNS

References[edit]

  • 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 la84foundation.org)
  • 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 la84foundation.org)
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.