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

The men's team parallel bars was the first of eight gymnastics events on the Gymnastics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. It was held on 9 April. Three teams took part, one German and two Greek. The German team won the competition.[1]

Men's team parallel bars
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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German team at parallel bars
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DateApril 9
Competitors63 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Ethnikos Gymnastikos Syllogos


This was the only appearance of the event, which was one of two team apparatus events contested at the 1896 Games (along with a team horizontal bar competition).[2]

Competition formatEdit

There were 10 sets of parallel bars made available to the teams. However, there was apparently no limit on the size of the teams, as one team exceeded 30 members. Judges scored the routines on execution, rhythm, and technical difficulty.[2]


The men's team parallel bars was held in the afternoon of the fourth day of events. It was the second event of the afternoon, following the 800 metres (which began at 2:30 p.m.).[3]

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Thursday, 9 April 1896 Thursday, 28 March 1896 2:30 Final


Rank Nation Team Team leader Gymnasts
    Germany Germany Fritz Hofmann Konrad Böcker, Alfred Flatow, Gustav Flatow, Georg Hilmar, Fritz Manteuffel, Karl Neukirch, Richard Röstel, Gustav Schuft, Carl Schuhmann, Hermann Weingärtner
    Greece Panellinios Spyridon Athanasopoulos Nikolaos Andriakopoulos, Petros Persakis, Thomas Xenakis,
29 others, names unknown
    Greece Ethnikos Ioannis Chrysafis Ioannis Mitropoulos, Dimitrios Loundras, Filippos Karvelas,
15 others, names unknown


  1. ^ "Gymnastics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Parallel Bars, Teams". 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. ^ Official Report, part 2, p. 79.