Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres hurdles

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Men's 200 metres hurdles
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Date July 16
Competitors 11 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Alvin Kraenzlein
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Norman Pritchard
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Walter Tewksbury
 United States
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The men's 200 metres hurdles was a hurdling event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 16, 1900. 11 athletes from five nations competed in the middle of the three hurdling events.


None, this was the first time the event was held.

Alvin Kraenzlein set the first Olympic record for this event when he ran 27.0 seconds in the first heat of the first round. Norman Pritchard improved this record in the second heat with 26.8 seconds. Finally Alvin Kraenzlein took the Olympic record by winning the final with 25.4 seconds.


First round[edit]

In the first round, there were two heats. The top two runners in each advanced to the final.

First round, heat 1

Place Athlete Time
1  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 27.0 s
2  Eugène Choisel (FRA) (27.5)
3  Frederick Moloney (USA) (27.6)
4  William Remington (USA) Unknown
5  Gustav Rau (GER) Unknown

Kraenzlein won by four yards.

First round, heat 2

Place Athlete Time
1  Norman Pritchard (IND) 26.8 s
2  Walter Tewksbury (USA) (27.1)
3  Thaddeus McClain (USA) (27.2)
4  Henri Tauzin (FRA) Unknown
5  William Lewis (USA) Unknown
6  Zoltán Speidl (HUN) Unknown

Pritchard won by two yards.


Place Athlete Time
1  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 25.4 s
2  Norman Pritchard (IND) (26.0)
3  Walter Tewksbury (USA) (26.1)
4  Eugène Choisel (FRA) Unknown

Kraenzlein won by five yards, despite having been penalized one metre for a false start. The 200 metre hurdles was his fourth individual victory in Paris; no other track and field athlete has won as many individual victories in a single Olympics.


  • 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.