Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's horizontal bar

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Men's horizontal bar
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Date April 9
Competitors 16 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Hermann Weingärtner
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alfred Flatow
1904 →
Gymnastics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Parallel bars   men
Horizontal bar men
Vault men
Pommel horse men
Rings men
Rope climbing men
Team parallel bars men
Team horizontal bar men

The men's horizontal bar was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 9 April, as the sixth gymnastics event. 16 athletes from four nations entered the competition. Two winners were announced, with Hermann Weingärtner winning his first individual gold medal, which was added to his two team gold medals and his three other individual medals. His countryman, Alfred Flatow, won his first individual medal.


Place Athlete
1  Hermann Weingärtner (GER)
2  Alfred Flatow (GER)
-  Konrad Böcker (GER)
 Gustav Flatow (GER)
 Georg Hillmar (GER)
 Gyula Kakas (HUN)
 Fritz Manteuffel (GER)
 Karl Neukirch (GER)
 Antonios Papaigannou (GRE)
 Richard Röstel (GER)
 Gustav Schuft (GER)
 Carl Schuhmann (GER)
 Leonidas Tsiklitiras (GRE)
 Desiderius Wein (HUN)
 Louis Zutter (SUI)


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