Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Date July 15
Competitors 9 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Charles Bennett
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Henri Deloge
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Bray
 United States
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Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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The men's 1500 metres was a middle-distance running event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 15, 1900. The race was held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. Nine athletes from six nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:09.0(*) United States John Bray Bayonne (FRA) May 30, 1900
Olympic Record 4:33.2 Flag of Australia Edwin Flack Athens (GRE) April 7, 1896 (NS)

(*) unofficial

Charles Bennett set a new Olympic record and a new unofficial world record with 4:06.2 minutes.


Place Athlete Time
1  Charles Bennett (GBR) 4:06.2
2  Henri Deloge (FRA) 4:06.6
3  John Bray (USA) 4:07.2
4  David Hall (USA) (4:07.5)
5  Christian Christensen (DEN) Unknown
6  Hermann Wraschtil (AUT) Unknown
7-9  Ondřej Pukl (BOH) Unknown
 John Rimmer (GBR) Unknown
 Louis Segondi (FRA) Unknown

Bennett, who had led the entire distance by a small margin over Deloge, broke off in the final lap, and ran last 500 metres in a time of 1:10.2 to set an unofficial world record, finishing five yards ahead of Deloge. John Bray edged out David Hall by two yards.


  • International Olympic Committee.
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.