Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Gymnastics

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, eight gymnastics events, all for men, were contested in Panathinaiko Stadium. They were organized and prepared by the Sub-Committee for Wrestling and Gymnastics. Events took place on 9 April, 10 April, and 11 April 1896. 71 competitors from 9 nations (including 52 from Greece) took part in gymnastics.

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Horizontal bar
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Hermann Weingärtner
 Germany
Alfred Flatow
 Germany
none awarded
Parallel bars
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Alfred Flatow
 Germany
Louis Zutter
 Switzerland
none awarded
Pommel horse
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Louis Zutter
 Switzerland
Hermann Weingärtner
 Germany
none awarded
Rings
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Ioannis Mitropoulos
 Greece
Hermann Weingärtner
 Germany
Petros Persakis
 Greece
Rope climbing
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Nikolaos Andriakopoulos
 Greece
Thomas Xenakis
 Greece
Fritz Hofmann
 Germany
Vault
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Carl Schuhmann
 Germany
Louis Zutter
 Switzerland
Hermann Weingärtner
 Germany
Team parallel bars
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 Germany (GER)
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hilmar
Fritz Hofmann
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Hermann Weingärtner
 Greece
Nikolaos Andriakopoulos
Spyros Athanasopoulos
Petros Persakis
Thomas Xenakis
 Greece
Ioannis Chrysafis
Ioannis Mitropoulos
Dimitrios Loundras
Filippos Karvelas
Team horizontal bar
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 Germany (GER)
Konrad Böcker
Alfred Flatow
Gustav Flatow
Georg Hilmar
Fritz Hofmann
Fritz Manteuffel
Karl Neukirch
Richard Röstel
Gustav Schuft
Carl Schuhmann
Hermann Weingärtner
none awarded none awarded

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 71 gymnasts from 9 nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Germany53210
2 Greece2226
3 Switzerland1203
Totals (3 nations)87419

Sub-Committee for Wrestling and Gymnastics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill; Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.