Australia at the 1896 Summer Olympics

Australia competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. One athlete from Victoria, a British colony which later formed part of Australia, competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Edwin Flack was born in England and was resident in London in 1896, but spent most of his life in Australia and so is considered an Australian athlete by the International Olympic Committee.[1]

Australia at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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IOC codeAUS
NOCAustralian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olympics.com.au
in Athens, Greece
6 – 15 April 1896
Competitors1 in 2 sports and 6 events
Medals
Ranked 8th
Gold
2
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

––––

 Australasia (1908–1912)

The Union Flag was used as the flag for the Australian colonies as well as Great Britain and Ireland at the 1896 Summer Olympics.

At the end of these Olympics, Australia was ranked in eighth position on the medal table with a total of 2 medals (2 gold).

Flack was the only competitor from an Australian colony. He entered five events, winning medals in three. The bronze medal in tennis, however, was part of a mixed team and therefore is not counted for Australia.

MedalistsEdit

Medals awarded to participants of mixed-NOC teams are represented in italics. These medals are not counted towards the individual NOC medal tally.

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Edwin Flack Athletics Men's 800 metres April 9
  Gold Edwin Flack Athletics Men's 1500 metres April 7
  Bronze Edwin Flack Tennis Men's doubles April 9
Medals by sport
Sport       Total
Athletics 2 0 0 2
Total 2 0 0 2

Multiple medalistsEdit

The following competitors won multiple medals at the 1896 Olympic Games.

Name Medal Sport Event
Edwin Flack   Gold
  Gold
Athletics Men's 800 metres
Men's 1500 metres

CompetitorsEdit

AthleticsEdit

 
Edwin Flack

Both of Flack's gold medals came in the athletics competitions as he won both of his track races.

Track & road events

Athlete Event Heat Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Edwin Flack 400 m Did not start Did not advance
Edwin Flack 800 m 2:10.0 OR 1 Q 2:11.0  
Edwin Flack 1500 m 4:33.2 OR  
Edwin Flack Marathon Did not finish

TennisEdit

In the singles tournament, Flack lost the only match he competed in. His loss in the semifinals of the doubles competition, while carrying no prize at the time, earned him a retroactive bronze medal from the International Olympic Committee. This medal is counted for mixed team rather than Australia, however.

Athlete Event First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
score
Opposition
score
Opposition
score
Opposition
score
Rank
Edwin Flack Singles   Akratopoulos (GRE)
L
Did not advance =8
  Edwin Flack (AUS)
  George S. Robertson (GBR)
Doubles   Marshall /
Marshall (GBR)
W WO
  Kasdaglis /
Petrokokkinos (GRE)
L
Did not advance  

NotesEdit

  1. ^ See, e.g., [1], the IOC medal chart for the 1896 Games listing Flack's two gold medals for Australia.

ReferencesEdit

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J. & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck. (Digitally available at [2])
  • Mallon, Bill & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9. (Excerpt available at [3])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.

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