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 one of the first two times that a steeplechase race was held at the Olympics, with the 2500 metres version held one day earlier. The 4000 metres steeplechase 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. 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 gold medal was won by John Rimmer of Great Britain, which completed a medal sweep with Rimmer, silver medalist Charles Bennett, and Robinson.

Men's 4000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Sidney Robinson, troisième à l'arrivée du 4000 m steeple des JO 1900.jpg
Sidney Robinson after finishing the race with a bronze medal
VenueBois de Boulogne
DateJuly 16
Competitors8 from 5 nations
Winning time12:58.4
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


This was the second Olympic steeplechase race (one day after the first), and the only time that an Olympic steeplechase race was held over the distance of 4000 metres. The 4000 metres was the longest distance of any Olympic steeplechase. The 1900 Games introduced steeplechase events with this competition and the 2500 metres steeplechase. The next two Games would each feature a steeplechase, but at different distances: 2590 metres in 1904 and 3200 metres in 1908. There was no steeplechase event in 1912. After World War I, the now-standard 3000 metres steeplechase was introduced and has been held at every Games since. Women's steeplechase, also at 3000 metres, was added in 2008.[2]

Competition formatEdit

This steeplechase event featured a single race. The competition involved eight laps of the 500 metre track, complete with standard hurdles as well as stone fences and a water jump. The course was the same as that of the shorter event, but with eight laps instead of five.


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


Date Time Round
Monday, 16 July 1900 Final


The British trio dominated this race, finishing in the top three spots close together. Rimmer was in front the whole way. Grant trailed him closely until the final lap before falling to the back of the field and eventually abandoning the race. The fourth-place finisher was about four times as far behind Robinson as Robinson was behind Rimmer. Orton, the gold medalist of the first steeplechase, finished fifth; he had become ill with an intestinal virus overnight and was unable to make the final push that had served him well in the 2500 metres.[2]

Rank Athlete Nation Time
  John Rimmer   Great Britain 12:58.4
  Charles Bennett   Great Britain 12:58.6
  Sidney Robinson   Great Britain 12:58.8
4 Jean Chastanié   France Unknown
5 George Orton   Canada Unknown
6 Franz Duhne   Germany Unknown
Alexander Grant   United States DNF
Thaddeus McClain   United States DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1900 Paris: Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "4,000 metres Steeplechase, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 January 2021.