Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's parallel bars

The men's parallel bars was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The parallel bars event was held on 10 April, the seventh gymnastics event to be held. 18 gymnasts from six nations competed, with the judges announcing Alfred Flatow as the winner and Louis Zutter as the runner-up.[1]

Men's parallel bars
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics - Men's parallel bars.jpg
Alfred Flatow competing on the parallel bars
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DateApril 10
Competitors18 from 6 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alfred Flatow
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Louis Zutter
1904 →


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 8 gymnasts from 5 other nations.[2][3]

Competition formatEdit

Judges awarded the prizes, but little is known of the scoring and rankings.[2][4]


The men's parallel bars was held in the morning of the fifth day of events, having been moved from the fourth day as the other gymnastics events went too long to finish the full programme.[4]

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Friday, 10 April 1896 Friday, 29 March 1896 10:00 Final


Rank Gymnast Nation
  Alfred Flatow   Germany
  Louis Zutter   Switzerland
3–18 Konrad Böcker   Germany
Charles Champaud   Bulgaria
Gustav Flatow   Germany
Adolphe Grisel   France
Georg Hilmar   Germany
Gyula Kakas   Hungary
Filippos Karvelas   Greece
Fritz Manteuffel   Germany
Ioannis Mitropoulos   Greece
Karl Neukirch   Germany
Antonios Papaigannou   Greece
Richard Röstel   Germany
Gustav Schuft   Germany
Carl Schuhmann   Germany
Desiderius Wein   Hungary
Hermann Weingärtner   Germany


  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Parallel Bars". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Parallel Bars, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  3. ^ Charles Champaud is counted as Bulgarian here; some sources count him as Swiss (making the total number of nations competing 5 rather than 6).
  4. ^ a b Official Report, p. 82.