Australia at the 1896 Summer Olympics
|Australia at the Olympic Games|
|At the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens|
|Competitors||1 in 2 sports|
|Olympic history (summary)|
|Other related appearances|
One athlete from Victoria, a British colony which later formed part of Australia, competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Edwin Flack was born in England and was resident in London in 1896, but spent most of his life in Australia and so is considered an Australian athlete by the International Olympic Committee.
The Union Flag was used as the flag for the Australian colonies as well as Great Britain and Ireland at the 1896 Summer Olympics.
Flack was the only competitor from an Australian colony. He entered five events, winning medals in three. The bronze medal in tennis, however, was part of a mixed team and therefore is not counted for Australia.
|Gold||Edwin Flack||Athletics||800 m|
|Edwin Flack||800 m||2:10.0||1||2:11.0|
In the singles tournament, Flack lost both of the matches he competed in. His loss in the semifinals of the doubles competition, while carrying no prize at the time, earned him a retroactive bronze medal from the International Olympic Committee. This medal is counted for mixed team rather than Australia, however.
|Edwin Flack||Singles|| Akratopoulos (GRE)
|Did not advance||8|
- See, e.g., , the IOC medal chart for the 1896 Games listing Flack's two gold medals for Australia.
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