Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres
|Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
W. L. Long (New York A. C.) winning in 49 s. 2/5
|Venue||Bois de Boulogne|
|Dates||July 14 (semifinals)
July 15 (final)
|Competitors||15 from 6 nations|
|Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
|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|
|Standing long jump||men|
|Standing triple jump||men|
|Standing high jump||men|
The men's 400 metres was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 14, and July 15, 1900. The races were held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. 15 athletes from six nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||48.5(*)||Edgar Bredin||London (GBR)||June 22, 1895|
|Olympic Record||54.2||Thomas Burke||Athens (GRE)||April 7, 1896 (NS)|
(*) unofficial 440 yards (= 402.34 m)
Maxie Long set a new Olympic record in the first round with 50.4 seconds. In the final he improved his own record when he ran 49.4 seconds.
In the first round, there were three heats. They were held on July 14. The top two runners in each advanced to the final.
First round, heat 1
|1||Maxie Long (USA)||50.4 s|
|2||Harry Lee (USA)||Unknown|
|3||Harvey Lord (USA)||Unknown|
|4||Georges Clément (FRA)||Unknown|
|5||Walter Drumheller (USA)||Unknown|
This heat, featuring four American runners, resulted in an easy win for Long and the top three spots for the United States team.
First round, heat 2
|1||William Moloney (USA)||51.0 s|
|2||Ernst Schultz (DEN)||Unknown|
|3||Charles-Robert Faidide (FRA)||Unknown|
|4||Pál Koppán (HUN)||Unknown|
|5||Yngvar Bryn (NOR)||Unknown|
Again, an American won the heat easily. Schulz took second place to qualify for the final.
First round, heat 3
|1||Dixon Boardman (USA)||51.2 s|
|2||William Holland (USA)||Unknown|
|3||Henry Slack (USA)||Unknown|
|4-5||Zoltán Speidl (HUN)||Unknown|
|Umberto Colombo (ITA)||Unknown|
The United States runners again took all three of the top spots in this heat.
|1||Maxie Long (USA)||49.4 s|
|2||William Holland (USA)||(49.6)|
|3||Ernst Schultz (DEN)||(51.5)|
|—||Dixon Boardman (USA)||DNS|
|Harry Lee (USA)||DNS|
|William Moloney (USA)||DNS|
Boardman, Lee, and Moloney withdrew because the final was held on a Sunday. Long and Holland did start, however, and Long led the entire way to win by five yards, with Schultz 20 yards behind the Americans.
- International Olympic Committee.
- De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at .
- 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.