Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's pommel horse

The men's pommel horse was one of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The pommel horse was the fourth event held on 9 April. 15 athletes from five nations started the pommel horse exercise. Zutter won Switzerland's first gold medal in this event, with Weingärtner taking the silver.[1]

Men's pommel horse
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Stamp Germany 1996 Briefmarke Sport Carl Schuhmann.jpg
German stamp commemorating 1896 Olympic gymnastics (depicting Carl Schuhmann in the vault competition)
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DateApril 9
Competitors15 from 5 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Louis Zutter
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Hermann Weingärtner
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 plus five men from four other nations.[2]

Competition formatEdit

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


The men's pommel horse was held in the afternoon of the fourth day of events, following the 800 metres, team parallel bars, team horizontal bar, and men's vault.[3]

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


Rank Gymnast Nation
  Louis Zutter   Switzerland
  Hermann Weingärtner   Germany
3–15 Konrad Böcker   Germany
Charles Champaud   Bulgaria
Alfred Flatow   Germany
Gustav Flatow   Germany
Georg Hilmar   Germany
Gyula Kakas   Hungary
Fritz Manteuffel   Germany
Karl Neukirch   Germany
Aristovoulos Petmezas   Greece
Richard Röstel   Germany
Gustav Schuft   Germany
Carl Schuhmann   Germany
Desiderius Wein   Hungary


  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Pommelled Horse". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Pommelled Horse, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 80.