Australia at the 1900 Summer Olympics

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Australia at the
1900 Summer Olympics
Flag of Australia.svg
IOC code AUS
NOC Australian Olympic Committee
in Paris
Competitors 2 in 2 sports
Gold Silver Bronze Total
2 0 3 5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games
Australasia (1908–1912)

Australia competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Most Olympic historians keep Australian records at early Olympics separate from those of the United Kingdom despite Australia's lack of independence at the time.

Australia was represented by two athletes, both of whom won a medal in each event in which they competed. Frederick Lane won two gold medals in swimming and Stan Rowley won a gold medal (as part of a mixed team with Great Britain) and three bronze medals in athletics.



  • Frederick Lane — swimming, men's 200 metre freestyle
  • Frederick Lane — swimming, men's 200 metre obstacle event

Stan Rowley also won a gold medal as part of a mixed team — athletics, 5000 metre team race


  • Stan Rowley — athletics, 60 metres
  • Stan Rowley — athletics, 100 metres
  • Stan Rowley — athletics, 200 metres

Results by event[edit]


Rowley was Australia's only competitor in athletics. He entered the three sprint events, taking the bronze medal in each of the three. Rowley also joined the Great Britain team in the 5-man team race, as the British squad had only 4 members. The 5 kilometres of the race was much further than Rowley was used to racing. After the first lap of the track, he injured his foot and began to walk. When the last of the other nine competitors (the United Kingdom and France were the only nations to send teams) finished, Rowley was still 1500 metres from the finish; officials allowed him to retire and claim 10th place at that point.

Rowley's four medals put him, and Australia, in third place on the athletics leaderboard.

Event Place Athlete Heat Semifinal Repechage Final
60 metres 3rd Stan Rowley Unknown
2nd, heat 2
None held 7.2 seconds
100 metres 3rd Stan Rowley Unknown
2nd, heat 3
2nd, semifinal 1
11.0 seconds
11.2 seconds
200 metres 3rd Stan Rowley 25.0 seconds
1st, heat 2
None held 22.9 seconds
Event Place Team / Athlete Score / Time
5000 metre team race 1st Great Britain Great Britain / Australia Australia 26 points
1st Charles Bennett (GBR) 1 point
2nd John Rimmer (GBR) 2 points
6th Sidney Robinson (GBR) 6 points
7th Alfred Tysoe (GBR) 7 points
10th Stan Rowley 10 points
Did not finish


Lane won the 200 metre freestyle and obstacle races, both on the same day. He did not receive gold medals, but instead received bronze sculptures of a horse and peasant girl respectively. He was also the favourite for the 100 metre freestyle, but this event was cancelled.

Event Place Swimmer Semifinals Final
Men's 200 metre
1st Frederick Lane 2:59.0
1st, semifinal 3
Men's 200 metre
obstacle event
1st Frederick Lane 3:04.0
1st, semifinal 1

Non-Olympic events[edit]


Donald Mackintosh was a professional shooter from Melbourne. He was travelling through Europe competing in a series of traditional competitions. He won the live game shooting (Prix Centenaire de Paris) with 22 consecutive kills of live pigeons, one more than Marquis de Villancosa of Spain. He finished in the joint third position alongside Crittenden Robinson of the United States in the live pigeon shooting (Grand Prix d'Exposition) with 18, behind the winner Leon de Lunden, who scored 21. Mackintosh' status has often been confused, as some historians were under the impression that game-shooting was an archery contest. The International Olympic Committee does not consider either event Olympic.



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