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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 15, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Charles Bennett
Silver: FRA Henry Deloge
Bronze: USA John Bray

Summary

As in 1896, the race was marked by its failure to attract a top field. Scotsman Hugh Welsh had retired, and although several of the top milers were in Paris – George Orton, Alex Grant, and John Cregan (who between them would win 12 consecutive AAU miles – 1892-1903) – none of them contested the 1,500, presumably because it was held on a Sunday.

Britain’s Charles Bennett led through the first lap (500 metres in 1:21.2), trailed closely by the French champion Henri Deloge. The second lap was finished in the dawdling time of 2:56 (1:34.8 for the second 500), with no change in positions. In a wild sprint finish, Bennett was never headed, although he only opened up a lead in the last few metres, running the last lap in a blazing, even for today, 1:10.2 for 500 metres. The time, 4:06.2, was a world record, but it was markedly inferior to Tom Conneff’s amateur mile record of 4:15.6.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MB T
1 Charles Bennett 29 Great Britain GBR Gold 4:06.2 WR
2 Henry Deloge 25 France FRA Silver 5 yds bh
3 John Bray 24 United States USA Bronze 20 yds bh2
4 Dave Hall 25 United States USA 2 yds bh3
5 Christian Christensen 23 Denmark DEN
6 Hermann Wraschtil 19 Austria AUT
AC Louis Segondi France FRA
AC Jack Rimmer 22 Great Britain GBR
AC Ondřej Pukl 23 Bohemia BOH