Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Dates July 14 (semifinals)
July 16 (final)
Competitors 18 from 7 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Alfred Tysoe
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) John Cregan
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) David Hall
 United States
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Athletics at the
1900 Summer Olympics
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The men's 800 metres was middle-distance running event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 14 and July 16, 1900. The races were held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. 18 athletes from seven nations competed.


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

World Record 1:53.4(*) United States Charles Kilpatrick New York (USA) September 21, 1895
Olympic Record 2:10.0 Flag of Australia Edwin Flack Athens (GRE) April 6, 1896 (NS)

(*) unofficial 880 yards (= 804.68 m)

In the first heat of the first round David Hall set a new Olympic record with 1:59.0.


First round[edit]

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

First round, heat 1

Place Athlete Time
1  David Hall (USA) 1:59.0 OR
2  Alfred Tysoe (GBR) (1:59.4)
3  Howard Hayes (USA) (2:00.2)
4  Maurice Salomez (FRA) Unknown
5  Christian Christensen (DEN) Unknown
6-7  Walter Drumheller (USA) Unknown
 Alexander Grant (USA) Unknown

Hall's Olympic record time surprised most of those present, as Tysoe had been the favorite in the heat.

First round, heat 2

Place Athlete Time
1  Henri Deloge (FRA) 2:00.6
2  Zoltán Speidl (HUN) (2:01.1)
3  Justus Scrafford (USA) (2:01.8)
4-6  Emilio Banfi (ITA) Unknown
 Edward Bushnell (USA) Unknown
 Harrison Smith (USA) Unknown

Deloge finished three yards in front of Spiedl, with the other runners trailing.

First round, heat 3

Place Athlete Time
1  John Cregan (USA) 2:03.0
2  John Bray (USA) (2:03.9)
3  Harvey Lord (USA) (2:04.5)
4-5  Edward Mechling (USA) Unknown
 Ondřej Pukl (BOH) Unknown

Cregan won the slowest of the three heats by six yards.


Alfred Tysoe crossing the line to win the final.
Place Athlete Time
1  Alfred Tysoe (GBR) 2:01.2
2  John Cregan (USA) 2:03.0
3  David Hall (USA) (2:03.8)
4  Henri Deloge (FRA) Unknown
5  Zoltán Speidl (HUN) Unknown
6  John Bray (USA) Unknown

Deloge led early, but was passed just before the final straight by Tysoe and Cregan. Hall, who had set an Olympic record in the heats, was just barely able to catch Deloge to finish third, but had no chance of passing the two leaders.


  • 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.