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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