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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