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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 22, 1900
Date Finished: July 22, 1900

Gold: USA Walter Tewksbury
Silver: IND Norman Pritchard
Bronze: AUS Stan Rowley

Summary

Strangely, this event was held almost a full week after the other scratch competitions, at a time when most of the handicap events were being contested. On a cool, sunny day the start was very even, with Norman Pritchard taking an early lead. But Walter Tewksbury took the lead past the halfway point and won rather easily.

Tewksbury was hardly unknown as a sprinter, having won the sprint double at both the 1898 and 1899 IC4A championships while a student at Penn. He graduated from that school with a dental degree and eventually practiced dentistry in his hometown of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. He lived into his late 90’s.

The second-place finisher, Norman Pritchard, who was from India but represented Britain and the AAA, later settled in the United States and became a silent film star.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Walter Tewksbury 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Norman Pritchard 24 India IND Silver
3 Stan Rowley 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Bill Holland 26 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Adolphe Klingelhoeffer 20 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/2 Yngvar Bryn 18 Norway NOR
4 h1 r1/2 Ernő Schubert 18 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r1/2 Albert Werkmüller Germany GER