Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 60 metres

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Men's 60 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Date July 15
Competitors 10 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Alvin Kraenzlein
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Walter Tewksbury
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Stan Rowley
1904 →
Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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The men's 60 metres was the shortest of the track races at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, which was the first time the event was held. It was held on 15 July 1900. 10 athletes from 6 nations competed. Five preliminary heats were scheduled, though only two were actually held. The top two athletes from each of the heats advanced to the final, resulting in a final race that featured three United States runners and an Australian.


First round[edit]

First round, heat 1

Place Athlete Time
1  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 7.0 s
2  Edmund Minahan (USA) (7.0)
3  Norman Pritchard (IND) (7.1)
4-5  Adolphe Klingelhoefer (FRA) Unknown
 Isaac Westergren (SWE) Unknown

Minahan was about half a yard behind Kraenzlein, with Pritchard a yard behind him.

First round, heat 2

Place Athlete Time
1  Walter Tewksbury (USA) 7.2 s
2  Stan Rowley (AUS) (7.3)
3  William Holland (USA) Unknown
4-5  Pál Koppán (HUN) Unknown
 Ernő Schubert (HUN) Unknown

Tewksbury beat Rowley by a foot.


Place Athlete Time
1  Alvin Kraenzlein (USA) 7.0 s
2  Walter Tewksbury (USA) (7.1)
3  Stan Rowley (AUS) (7.2)
4  Edmund Minahan (USA) (7.2)

The 60 metres final was a close race, with the two top Americans being separated by four inches and Rowley half a yard behind. It was each of the runners' second time running the 60 in less than an hour, as the final was held almost immediately after the preliminary heats.


  • 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.