Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 kilometres

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Men's 100 kilometres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Venue Neo Phaliron Velodrome
Date April 8
Competitors 9 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Léon Flameng
2nd, silver medalist(s) Georgios Kolettis
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The men's 100 kilometres was one of five track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first race held, on 8 April. It required cyclists to complete 300 circuits of the track.


Place Athlete Time
1  Léon Flameng (FRA) 3:08:19.2
2  Georgios Kolettis (GRE) Unknown
 Bernhard Knubel (GER) Retired at 41 km
 Theodor Leupold (GER) Retired at 37 km
 Edward Battell (GBR) Retired at 17 km
 Aristidis Konstantinidis (GRE) Retired at 16 km
 Joseph Rosemeyer (GER) DNF
 Adolf Schmal (AUT) DNF
 Joseph Welzenbacher (GER) DNF
 Georgios Aspiotis (GRE) DNF

Ten cyclists started the race, but only two finished it. During the race Georgios Kolettis's bike broke down Léon Flameng stopped and waited for Georgio's bike to be repaired before continuing to race. The winner, Léon Flameng, had fallen midway through the race but continued on to win the gold medal. Georgios Kolettis of Greece had completed 289 laps at that point, and finished fairly soon after Flameng. While competing Léon Flameng raced with the French flag wrapped about his leg.


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