Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's rope climbing

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Men's rope climbing
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Rope climbing event during 1896 Summer Olympics
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Date April 10
Competitors 5 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Nikolaos Andriakopoulos
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thomas Xenakis
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Fritz Hofmann
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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 rope climbing was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The final event in the gymnastics competition, rope climbing was held on 10 April. The rope was 14 metres long, suspended from a frame. Time and style were considered in placing the competitors who reached the top and distance climbed separating those who did not make it all the way up. Five competitors entered, with the two Greeks taking top honors by being the only two to complete the climb. The German Fritz Hofmann won the bronze medal, while the weightlifting champions Viggo Jensen and Launceston Elliot finished fourth and fifth.


Place Athlete Height
1  Nikolaos Andriakopoulos (GRE) 14.0 m
2  Thomas Xenakis (GRE) 14.0 m
3  Fritz Hofmann (GER) 12.5 m
4  Viggo Jensen (DEN) Unknown
5  Launceston Elliot (GBR) Unknown


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