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Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

The men's marathon was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 19, 1900. 13 athletes from five nations competed in the marathon, which used a distance of 40.26 kilometres.

Men's marathon
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Marathon 1900.jpg
The early stages of the race
DateJuly 19
Competitors13 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Michel Théato  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Émile Champion  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ernst Fast  Sweden
← 1896
1904 →

The winner, Michel Théato, was a native of Luxembourg who is believed to have competed for France.


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

World Record none
Olympic Record 2'58:50(*)   Spiridon Louis Athens (GRE) April 10, 1896 (NS)

(*) Distance was 40 kilometres


Place Athlete Time
1   Michel Théato (FRA) 2:59:45
2   Émile Champion (FRA) 3:04:17
3   Ernst Fast (SWE) 3:37:14
4   Eugène Besse (FRA) 4:00:43
5   Arthur Newton (USA) 4:04:12
6-7   Dick Grant (USA) Unknown
  Ronald J. MacDonald (CAN) Unknown
  Auguste Marchais (FRA) DNF
  Johan Nyström (SWE) DNF
  E. Ion Pool (GBR) DNF
  Frederick Randall (GBR) DNF
  William Saward (GBR) DNF
  Georges Touquet-Daunis (FRA) DNF

The marathon race, which began at 2:30 p.m. on a day with temperatures reaching nearly 40 °C (102 °F [1]), wound through the streets of Paris. Thirteen runners started, though only twelve finished the four laps around the track that preceded the road running. Touquet-Daunis led until he withdrew from the competition, at which point Fast took over. Fast had tired himself trying to keep pace with the Frenchman, however, and was passed by Théato and Champion before long. Seven runners finished the race.


  1. ^ USA Track & Field (2004). "2004 USA Olympic Team Trials: Men's Marathon Media Guide Supplement" (pdf). Santa Barbara, California: USA Track & Field. p. 11. Retrieved February 21, 2011.