Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres
|Men's 1500 metres|
at the Games of the I Olympiad
|Competitors||8 from 5 nations|
|Winning time||4:33.2 OR|
Albin Lermusiaux of France led for most of the race, but was caught by Flack and Blake 100m from the end and finished with a bronze medal. Edwin Flack won the race by five meters, becoming the first Australian Olympic champion. The four Greek athletes trailed the other four athletes, though records do not indicate which position the last two finished in.
This was the first appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Albin Lermusiaux of France had held the unofficial world record for two weeks in 1895; the two men who had broken his record since then were not present in Athens. Arthur Blake of the United States and Edwin Flack of Australia were also significant distance runners competing.
|World record||Thomas Conneff (USA)||4:15.6 (u)||New York City, United States||26 August 1895|
|Olympic record||New event||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Edwin Flack set the initial Olympic record of 4:15.6 in the only race held.
The precise times of the events are not recorded. The 1500 metres was the final event of the second day.
|Tuesday, 7 April 1896||Tuesday, 26 March 1896||Final|
|Arthur Blake||United States||4:33.6|
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