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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 16, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900

Gold: USA Al Kraenzlein
Silver: IND Norman Pritchard
Bronze: USA Walter Tewksbury

Summary

Al Kraenzlein won his fourth individual championship of the 1900 track & field program, a still unmatched feat. So much did he outclass the field that his victories were described by The New York Times as basically walkovers. Nobody got within four yards of him in his heat, which he won despite jogging the last half of the race. In the final he was penalized a yard for a false start, but still dashed off to a five-yard margin of victory. He announced his retirement immediately after the race, although he did compete briefly in 1901.

Kraenzlein was a top sprinter and jumper, witness his long jump world records and 60 metre dash victory in Paris. Though these abilities are obviously very helpful to hurdlers, his hurdling prowess was as much die to his technique as anything else. He has been termed the "father of modern hurdlers" for his use of the straight-leg lead with a bent-trail leg.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Al Kraenzlein 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Norman Pritchard 24 India IND Silver
3 Walter Tewksbury 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Eugène Choisel France FRA
3 h1 r1/2 Fred Moloney 17 United States USA
3 h2 r1/2 Thaddeus McClain 23 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 William Remington 21 United States USA
4 h2 r1/2 Henri Tauzin 21 France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Gustav Adolf Rau 22 Germany GER
5 h2 r1/2 William Lewis 24 United States USA
6 h2 r1/2 Zoltán Speidl 20 Hungary HUN