Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 22, 1900
Date Finished: July 22, 1900
Format: Final only. Point-for-place scoring, lowest scoring team to win.
The team race was the last event of the Olympic track & field program. It was essentially a club contest, with the Racing Club de France taking on a team from the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) of Great Britain. Competing for the AAA, to enable them to field a team, was the Australian sprinter, Stan Rowley. He stopped running, however, and began walking after one lap.
Jack Rimmer led the field through 1,500 metres in 4:30.0, with Bennett in second, and the field bunched, save for Rowley. The same two led at 3,000 metres, passed in 9:20.0, and at this point, Alfred Tysoe and Sidney Robinson lost contact, as did the Frenchmen, André Castanet, and Michel Champoudry. In the next kilometre, the two Englishmen pulled away from the three leading Frenchmen, and passed 4,000 metres in 12:30.0. On the last lap, Bennett moved up and lost Rimmer easily in the sprint to the finish, with the other runners finishing as below.
When Champoudry finished, in ninth place, Stan Rowley was finishing up his seventh lap. The officials allowed him to stop at that point, and awarded him ten points for finishing in tenth place.