Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres team race

The men's 5000 metres team race was the final track and field event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was the first time that a team race was held at the Olympics. It was held on July 22, 1900. Two teams competed: Racing Club de France from France and Amateur Athletic Association of England from multiple nations (Stan Rowley of Australia completed an otherwise British team). Each team had five athletes. The AAA team won the competition, despite Rowley being injured and unable to finish.

Men's 5000 metres team race
at the Games of the II Olympiad
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Charles Bennett, who finished first to lead the AAA team to victory
VenueBois de Boulogne
DateJuly 22
Competitors10 from 3 nations
Winning score26
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Amateur Athletic Association of England
 Mixed team
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Racing Club de France
 France

BackgroundEdit

This was the first Olympic team race, but the only time the event was held at a distance of 5000 metres. The distance would vary at 4 miles in 1904 and 3 miles in 1908, before consistency was reached beginning in 1912, with the 3000 metres distance used that year as well as in 1920 and 1924.

After 1924, the team race was then removed from the program, and has not featured again since.

Competition formatEdit

The event consisted of a single heat in which each of the ten runners completed ten laps of the 500 metre track. Runners scored points for their team equal to their place in the race, with the team with the lowest number of points winning.

RecordsEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Sunday, 22 July 1900 Final

ResultsEdit

Rimmer and Bennett led the entire way, followed by the first three Frenchmen not far behind. Tysoe and Robinson kept pace with Castanet and Champoudry in the third bunch of runners, while Rowley had been injured and began walking after completing the first lap.

Bennett pulled away from Rimmer in the final sprint, followed by three Frenchmen. Champoudry crossed the finish line in ninth, leaving the injured Rowley as the only athlete still running, though he was clearly in pain and had been lapped thrice.

While the rules of the event stated all team five members had to finish for the team to score, race officials agreed it would be pointless for Rowley to walk the final 1500 metres, and allowed him to retire at the end of his seventh lap.

Individual standingsEdit

Rank Athlete Team Nation Time Points
1 Charles Bennett Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team 15:29.2 1
2 John Rimmer Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team Unknown 2
3 Henri Deloge Racing Club de France   France Unknown 3
4 Gaston Ragueneau Racing Club de France   France Unknown 4
5 Jacques Chastanié Racing Club de France   France Unknown 5
6 Sidney Robinson Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team Unknown 6
7 Alfred Tysoe Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team Unknown 7
8 André Castanet Racing Club de France   France Unknown 8
9 Michel Champoudry Racing Club de France   France Unknown 9
Stan Rowley Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team DNF 10

Team standingsEdit

Rank Team Nation Points
  Amateur Athletic Association of England   Mixed team 26
  Racing Club de France   France 29

ReferencesEdit

  • International Olympic Committee.
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.