Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 4000 metres steeplechase

The men's 4000 metres steeplechase was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was the first time that a steeplechase race was held at the Olympics, except for the race held one day earlier. It was held on July 16, 1900.[1] The race was held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. Eight athletes from five nations competed in the longer of the two steeplechase events.

Men's 4000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the II Olympiad
VenueBois de Boulogne
DateJuly 16
Competitors8 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) John Rimmer
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Charles Bennett
 Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Sidney Robinson
 Great Britain

The three medallists from the 2500 metre steeplechase also competed in the 4000. The only one among them to win a second medal was Sidney Robinson, who added a bronze medal to the silver he had won earlier.

The course was the same as that of the shorter event, but with eight laps instead of five. The 4000 metres was the longest distance of any Olympic steeplechase.


Gold Silver Bronze
John Rimmer
  Great Britain
Charles Bennett
  Great Britain
Sidney Robinson
  Great Britain


None, this was the first and only time the event was held.


Place Athlete Time
1   John Rimmer (GBR) 12:58.4
2   Charles Bennett (GBR) 12:58.6
3   Sidney Robinson (GBR) 12:58.8
4   Jacques Chastanié (FRA) Unknown
5   George Orton (CAN) Unknown
6   Franz Duhne (GER) Unknown
  Alexander Grant (USA) DNF
  Thaddeus McClain (USA) DNF

The British trio dominated this race, finishing in the top three spots close together. The fourth-place finisher was about four times as far behind Robinson as Robinson was behind Rimmer. Orton, the gold medallist of the first steeplechase, finished fifth. The American pair both dropped out of the race.


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1900 Paris: Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2017.