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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 14, 1900

Gold: USA Al Kraenzlein
Silver: USA John McLean
Bronze: USA Fred Moloney

Summary

The 110 metres hurdles were the first track & field final contested at the 1900 Olympics. Unlike the 1896 Olympics, it could be said that all the top hurdlers were present, mainly because Al Kraenzlein was so dominant that he had no real peer.

The heats bore no surprises, as the favored Kraenzlein qualified easily. In the final, the first real problem with the inexperienced French starter Meier, occurred. John McLean caught a flyer, and according to reports, was ahead of Kraenzlein by five yards off the blocks. But Kraenzlein was so superior that he caught McLean at the eighth hurdle and ran away to win by three yards. McLean did hold onto second place, however, just edging out Fred Moloney, who had beaten McLean easily in a first-round heat.

Kraenzlein's win in the 110 metres hurdles was the first of his four individual gold medals, a record which has still never been equalled in track & field athletics. The distance of 110 metres was rarely run in either Britain or the United States, as they used the slightly shorter Imperial equivalent of 120 yards. Thus, Kraenzlein's mark of 15.6 and his final mark of 15.4 were world records for the metric distance, although both were intrinsically inferior to his record of 15.2 for 120 yards hurdles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Al Kraenzlein 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 John McLean 22 United States USA Silver
3 Fred Moloney 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Jean Lécuyer France FRA
AC Norman Pritchard 24 India IND
2 h1 r2/3 William Lewis 24 United States USA
2 h2 r2/3 William Remington 21 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 Eugène Choisel France FRA
AC h2 r1/3 Adolphe Klingelhoeffer 20 Brazil BRA