Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's parallel bars

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Men's parallel bars
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Date April 10
Competitors 18 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Alfred Flatow
2nd, silver medalist(s) Louis Zutter
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Gymnastics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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The men's parallel bars was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The parallel bars event was held on 10 April, the seventh gymnastics event to be held. 18 gymnasts from six nations competed, with the judges announcing Alfred Flatow as the winner and Louis Zutter as the runner-up.


Place Athlete
1  Alfred Flatow (GER)
2  Louis Zutter (SUI)
-  Konrad Böcker (GER)
 Charles Champaud (BUL)
 Gustav Flatow (GER)
 Alphonse Grisel (FRA)
 Georg Hillmar (GER)
 Gyula Kakas (HUN)
 Filippos Karvelas (GRE)
 Fritz Manteuffel (GER)
 Ioannis Mitropoulos (GRE)
 Karl Neukirch (GER)
 Antonios Papaigannou (GRE)
 Richard Röstel (GER)
 Gustav Schuft (GER)
 Carl Schuhmann (GER)
 Desiderius Wein (HUN)
 Hermann Weingärtner (GER)


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