Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 4000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 4000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Date July 16
Competitors 8 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) John Rimmer
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Charles Bennett
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sidney Robinson
 Great Britain
Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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Track events
60 m   men
100 m men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
200 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
2500 m steeplechase men
4000 m steeplechase men
5000 m team race men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing triple jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men

The men's 4000 metres steeplechase was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was the first time, that a steeplechase race was held at the Olympics, except for the race held one day earlier. It was held on July 16, 1900. The race was held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. Eight athletes from five nations competed in the longer of the two steeplechase events.

The three medallists from the 2500 metre steeplechase also competed in the 4000. The only one among them to win a second medal was Sidney Robinson, who added a bronze medal to the silver he had won earlier.

The course was the same as that of the shorter event, but with eight laps instead of five. The 4000 metres was the longest distance of any Olympic steeplechase.


Gold Silver Bronze
John Rimmer
 Great Britain
Charles Bennett
 Great Britain
Sidney Robinson
 Great Britain


None, this was the first time the event was held. And it was the only time a steeplechase race was held over 4000 metres.


Place Athlete Time
1  John Rimmer (GBR) 12:58.4
2  Charles Bennett (GBR) 12:58.6
3  Sidney Robinson (GBR) 12:58.8
4  Jacques Chastanié (FRA) Unknown
5  George Orton (CAN) Unknown
6  Franz Duhne (GER) Unknown
 Alexander Grant (USA) DNF
 Thaddeus McClain (USA) DNF

The British trio dominated this race, finishing in the top three spots close together. The fourth-place finisher was about four times as far behind Robinson as Robinson was behind Rimmer. Orton, the gold medallist of the first steeplechase, finished fifth. The American pair both dropped out of the race.


  • 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.