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
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 6 (heats)
April 9 (final)
Competitors 9 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Edwin Flack
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nándor Dáni
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dimitrios Golemis
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Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Track events
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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.



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

Heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Edwin Flack (AUS) 2:10.0
2  Nándor Dáni (HUN) 2:10.2
3  Friedrich Traun (GER) 2:13.4
4  George Marshall (GBR) Unknown

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

Heat 2[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1  Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) 2:16.6
2  Dimitrios Golemis (GRE) 2:16.8
3  Georges de la Nézière (FRA) Unknown
4  Angelos Fetsis (GRE) Unknown
5  Dimitrios Tomprof (GRE) Unknown

Lermusiaux beat Golemis by 1¼ yards.


Place Athlete Time
1  Edwin Flack (AUS) 2:11.0
2  Nándor Dáni (HUN) 2:11.8
3  Dimitrios Golemis (GRE) 2:28.0
 Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) DNS

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.


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