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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900

Gold: GBR Alfred Tysoe
Silver: USA John Cregan
Bronze: USA Dave Hall

Summary

The heats were held on Saturday, and the only real surprise was the dismal showing of Alex Grant, AAU champ in the mile in 1899 who would win the 1900 AAU 800. But in his heat he failed to crack the top five.

The final was held two days later, and the favorite was the Englishman, Alfred Tysoe, 1897 AAA mile and 10-mile champion, although Brown’s Dave Hall had posted the fastest qualifying time, an Olympic record 1:59.0. Henri Deloge took the early lead, taking the field through a slow 440 yards in 65.0. At the head of the final straight, both Tysoe and John Cregan moved out ahead, and Tysoe pulled away to a comfortable victory. Cregan got second, but Deloge faltered in the stretch and was passed for third by Hall. Tysoe’s race was certainly one of the more amazing examples of negative splitting the 800, as his splits were approximately 65.2-56.0.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alfred Tysoe 26 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 John Cregan 22 United States USA Silver
3 Dave Hall 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Henry Deloge 25 France FRA
5 Zoltán Speidl 20 Hungary HUN
6 John Bray 24 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Howard Hayes 22 United States USA
3 h2 r1/2 Justus Scrafford 22 United States USA
3 h3 r1/2 Harvey Lord 21 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Maurice Salomez France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Christian Christensen 23 Denmark DEN
AC h1 r1/2 Alex Grant 26 Canada CAN
AC h1 r1/2 Walter Drumheller 21 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Emilio Banfi Italy ITA
AC h2 r1/2 Edward Bushnell 23 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Harrison Smith 23 United States USA
AC h3 r1/2 Ondřej Pukl 23 Bohemia BOH
AC h3 r1/2 Edward Mechling 22 United States USA