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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900

Gold: USA Maxey Long
Silver: USA Bill Holland
Bronze: DEN Ernst Schultz

Summary

The heats were held on 14 July, a Saturday, and the Americans dominated those proceedings, qualifying five runners for the six-man final. The final was held the next day, and three of the Americans, Dixon Boardman, William Moloney, and Harry Lee, declined to compete because of the problems with Sunday competition.

With only three starters, the event was robbed of some of its interest. Maxie Long had been the favorite, having won the 1898 and 1899 AAU Championship and, only the week before, the 1900 AAA title. But he had lost the 1900 IC4A title to Yale's Boardman, so Boardman's absence essentially handed Long the championship.

Long took the lead at the outset, followed by Bill Holland and Ernst Schultz. Coming into the final straight, as they exited the tree-bordered section of the track, Long was ahead by three yards and he finished up five in front of Holland, with Schulz a well-spent third. In a strange set of events, Long was cheered heartily by the French spectators. He was wearing the blue-and-white colors of his school, Columbia, and the French mistook this for the colors of the [Racing Club de France], and thought Long was one of theirs.

Later in 1900, Maxie Long did some outstanding record-breaking over this distance. On 29 September he ran 440 yards in 47.8 on a one-fifth mile track. A few days later, on 4 October, he ran the same distance in 47.0 over a straightaway at Guttenberg racetrack in New Jersey.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maxey Long 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bill Holland 26 United States USA Silver
3 Ernst Schultz 20 Denmark DEN Bronze
1 h2 r1/2 William Moloney 23 United States USA
1 h3 r1/2 Dixon Boardman 20 United States USA
2 h1 r1/2 Harry Lee 23 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Harvey Lord 21 United States USA
3 h2 r1/2 Charles-Robert Faidide France FRA
3 h3 r1/2 Henry Slack 23 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Georges Clément France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Pál Koppán 21 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Walter Drumheller 21 United States USA
5 h2 r1/2 Yngvar Bryn 18 Norway NOR
AC h3 r1/2 Zoltán Speidl 20 Hungary HUN
AC h3 r1/2 Umberto Colombo Italy ITA