Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

The men's 800 metres was middle-distance running event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 14 and July 16, 1900. The races were held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. 18 athletes from seven nations competed. The event was won by Alfred Tysoe of Great Britain, the nation's first medal in the event. The United States also won its first medals in the 800 metres, with silver and bronze.

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
800m final 1900.jpg
Finish of the final
VenueBois de Boulogne
DatesJuly 14 (semifinals)
July 16 (final)
Competitors18 from 7 nations
Winning time2:01.2
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alfred Tysoe
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) John Cregan
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) David Hall
 United States
← 1896
1904 →


This was the second appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. None of the runners from 1896 returned. Among the favorites were Alexander Grant of the United States (1899 AAU one-mile champion) and Alfred Tysoe of Great Britain (1897 AAA one-mile champion).[1]

Bohemia, Denmark, Italy, and the United States appeared in the event for the first time. France, Great Britain, and Hungary each made their second appearance, having also appeared in 1896.

Competition formatEdit

There were two rounds: heats and a final. There were three heats, of between 5 and 7 runners each. The top 2 runners in each heat advanced to the final.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.

World record   Charles Kilpatrick (USA) 1:53.4 (y)(u) New York City, United States 21 September 1895
Olympic record   Edwin Flack (AUS) 2:10.0 Athens, Greece 6 April 1896

In the first heat of the first round David Hall set a new Olympic record with 1:59.0.


Date Time Round
Saturday, 14 July 1900 10:15 Round 1
Monday, 16 July 1900 Final



In the first round, there were three semifinals. The top two runners in each advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Hall's Olympic record time surprised most of those present, as Tysoe had been the favorite in the heat.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 David Hall   United States 1:59.0 Q, OR
2 Alfred Tysoe   Great Britain 1:59.4 Q
3 Howard Hayes   United States 2:00.2
4 Maurice Salomez   France Unknown
5 Christian Christensen   Denmark Unknown
6–7 Walter Drumheller   United States Unknown
Alexander Grant   United States Unknown

Semifinal 2Edit

Deloge finished three yards in front of Spiedl, with the other runners trailing.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Henri Deloge   France 2:00.6 Q
2 Zoltán Speidl   Hungary 2:01.1 Q
3 Justus Scrafford   United States 2:01.8
4–6 Emilio Banfi   Italy Unknown
Edward Bushnell   United States Unknown
Harrison Smith   United States Unknown

Semifinal 3Edit

Cregan won the slowest of the three heats by six yards.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Cregan   United States 2:03.0 Q
2 John Bray   United States 2:03.9 Q
3 Harvey Lord   United States 2:04.5
4–5 Edward Mechling   United States Unknown
Ondřej Pukl   Bohemia Unknown


Deloge led early, but was passed just before the final straight by Tysoe and Cregan. Hall, who had set an Olympic record in the heats, was just barely able to catch Deloge to finish third, but had no chance of passing the two leaders.

Rank Athlete Nation Time
  Alfred Tysoe   Great Britain 2:01.2
  John Cregan   United States 2:03.0
  David Hall   United States 2:03.8
4 Henri Deloge   France Unknown
5 Zoltán Speidl   Hungary Unknown
6 John Bray   United States Unknown

Results summaryEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Semifinals Final Notes
  Alfred Tysoe   Great Britain 1:59.4 2:01.2
  John Cregan   United States 2:03.0 2:03.0
  David Hall   United States 1:59.0 2:03.8 OR
4 Henri Deloge   France 2:00.6 Unknown
5 Zoltán Speidl   Hungary 2:01.1 Unknown
6 John Bray   United States 2:03.9 Unknown
7 Howard Hayes   United States 2:00.2 Did not advance
Justus Scrafford   United States 2:01.8
Harvey Lord   United States 2:04.5
10 Maurice Salomez   France Unknown 4th in semifinal
11 Edward Mechling   United States Unknown 4th–5th in semifinal
Ondřej Pukl   Bohemia Unknown 4th–5th in semifinal
13 Christian Christensen   Denmark Unknown 5th in semifinal
14 Emilio Banfi   Italy Unknown 4th–6th in semifinal
Edward Bushnell   United States Unknown 4th–6th in semifinal
Harrison Smith   United States Unknown 4th–6th in semifinal
17 Walter Drumheller   United States Unknown 6th–7th in semifinal
Alexander Grant   United States Unknown 6th–7th in semifinal


  1. ^ "800 metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 6 August 2020.