Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 7, 1896
Date Finished: April 10, 1896
A misprint in the 1896 Official Report has led some to believe that the distance was 100 metres. But there is little doubt that the race was contested over the standard distance of 110 metres. There was no real favorite, as the two top hurdlers in the world, Stephen Chase (USA) and Godfrey Shaw (GBR), elected not to make the trip. The Greeks felt their champion, Anastasios Andreou of Cyprus, was unbeatable. The British hurdler, Grantley Goulding, paraded around Athens wearing his medals on his coat, causing his American rival, Tom Curtis, to remark, "I never met a more confident athlete."
Though four heats were scheduled, only two were contested, and they were held on 7 April. Goulding won the first heat easily in 18.4 over Hungary's Alajos Szokoly, and Andreou. Curtis won the second heat in 18.0 over his teammate Bill Hoyt, France's Frantz Reichel, and Germany's Kurt Doerry.
Reichel and Hoyt, though qualified, elected not to contest the finals on 10 April, leaving only Goulding and Curtis to race for the championship. Hoyt most likely withdrew to concentrate on the pole vault. Reichel did not start because he was seconding Lermusiaux in the marathon race, held concurrent with the hurdle final. Goulding was noted to be a better technical hurdler but Curtis was much the faster runner. Goulding led at the last hurdle but lost on the run-in by centimetres, with Curtis timed in 17 3/5 seconds.
|1||Tom Curtis||23||United States||USA||Gold||OR|
|2||Grantley Goulding||22||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|2 h1 r1/2||Frantz Reichel||25||France||FRA|
|2 h1 r1/2||Bill Hoyt||20||United States||USA|
|AC h1 r1/2||Anastasios Andreou||Greece||GRE|
|AC h1 r1/2||Alajos Szokoly||24||Hungary||HUN|
|AC h2 r1/2||Kurt Doerry||21||Germany||GER|
|AC h2 r1/2||Athanasios Skaltsogiannis||Greece||GRE|