Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's horizontal bar

The men's horizontal bar was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 9 April, as the sixth gymnastics event. 15 athletes from four nations entered the competition. Two winners were announced, with Hermann Weingärtner winning his first individual gold medal, which was added to his two team gold medals and his three other individual medals. His countryman, Alfred Flatow, won his first individual medal.[1]

Men's horizontal bar
at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DateApril 9
Competitors15 from 4 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Hermann Weingärtner
 Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alfred Flatow
 Germany
1904 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the first appearance of the event, which is one of the five apparatus events held every time there were apparatus events at the Summer Olympics (no apparatus events were held in 1900, 1908, 1912, or 1920). The field consisted of 10 Germans and 5 gymnasts from 3 other nations.[2]

Competition formatEdit

Judges awarded the prizes, but little is known of the scoring and rankings.[2][3]

ScheduleEdit

The men's parallel bars was held in the evening of the fourth day of events. It was the sixth gymnastics event held that day, and went late enough that the remaining two had to be postponed until the next day.[3]

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Thursday, 9 April 1896 Thursday, 28 March 1896 Final

ResultsEdit

Schuhmann performed for the audience, rather than the judges, with "circus tricks."[2]

Rank Gymnast Nation
  Hermann Weingärtner   Germany
  Alfred Flatow   Germany
3–15 Konrad Böcker   Germany
Gustav Flatow   Germany
Georg Hilmar   Germany
Gyula Kakas   Hungary
Fritz Manteuffel   Germany
Karl Neukirch   Germany
Antonios Papaigannou   Greece
Richard Röstel   Germany
Gustav Schuft   Germany
Carl Schuhmann   Germany
Leonidas Tsiklitiras   Greece
Desiderius Wein   Hungary
Louis Zutter   Switzerland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Horizontal Bar". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Horizontal Bar, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 81.

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