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Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 6, 1896
Date Finished: April 9, 1896

Gold: AUS Teddy Flack
Silver: HUN Nándor Dáni
Bronze: GRE Dimitrios Golemis

Summary

America's Charles Kilpatrick was the world record holder and easily the top ½-mile runner in the world, but he did not make the trip to Athens. This left the favorite's role to Australia's [Edwin "Teddy" Flack], an accountant who was living and training in London in 1896.

The heats of the 800 metres were held on 6 April. Flack won heat one over Hungary's [Nándor Dáni], with [Fritz Traun] (GER) third, and Britain's [George Marshall] finishing fourth and last. In heat two, [Albin Lermusiaux] (FRA) won narrowly over three Hellenes, led by [Dimitrios Golemis], and [Georges de la Nézière] of France.

The 800 metre finals were held three days later on 9 April. Lermusiaux chose not to start, presumably saving himself for the marathon which was to start the next day. Thus, only three runners contested the final – Flack, Dáni, and Golemis. Flack won by 10 metres in 2:11.0, easing up, with Dáni second, and Golemis over 100 metres behind Flack.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Teddy Flack 22 Australia AUS Gold
2 Nándor Dáni 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Dimitrios Golemis 21 Greece GRE Bronze
1 h1 r1/2 Albin Lermusiaux 21 France FRA
3 h1 r1/2 Fritz Traun 20 Germany GER
3 h2 r1/2 Georges de la Nézière 17 France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 George Marshall Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Dimitri Tombrof 18 Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Angelos Fetsis Greece GRE