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Gymnastics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Individual All-Around

Gymnastics at the 1900 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Municipal Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 29, 1900
Date Finished: July 30, 1900
Format: Maximum 320 points based on 16 scores from 0-20 for compulsory and optional exercises done on horizontal bar, parallel bars, rings, pommelled horse, floor exercises, horse vault, combined high and long jump, long jump, pole vault, rope climbing, and weightlifting.

Gold: FRA Gustave Sandras
Silver: FRA Noël Bas
Bronze: FRA Lucien Démanet

Summary

The scoring for the individual all-around called for a maximum of 320 points in 16 events, of which 12 are considered today gymnastics disciplines. The sixteen events contested in the “Championnat International de Gymnastique” were as follows\: 1) Horizontal Bar – Compulsory; 2) Horizontal Bar – Optional; 3) Parallel Bars – Compulsory; 4) Parallel Bars – Optional; 5) Rings – Compulsory; 6) Rings – Optional; 7) Pommelled Horse – Compulsory; 8) Pommelled Horse – Optional; 9) Floor exercises – Compulsory; 10) Floor exercises – Optional; 11) Long horse vault – Compulsory; 12) “Combined” high jump – Compulsory; 13) Long jump – Compulsory; 14) Pole vault – Compulsory; 15) Rope climbing – Compulsory; and 16) Weight lifting 50 kg. 10 times – Compulsory.

Scoring for the first ten events was from 0-20, depending on the quality of the exercises, as follows, per the 1900 Official Report\: 20 – Perfect; 18-19 – Very good; 15-17 – Good; 12-14 – Fairly good; 9-11 – Acceptable; 6-8 – Mediocre; 3-5 – Poor; 1-2 – Very Poor; 0 – No try made.

In the athletics events, which were commonly held at the turn of the century in combined events in gymnastics, the athletes were apparently scored for “style” points while attempting to perform at a certain standard. In the long jump, the standard was to jump 5.00 metres. In the pole vault, the standard was to vault 2.20 metres. In the combined high and long jump, they were required to jump over a rope held at a height of 1.25 metres and set at 1.00 metre from the take-off. In rope climbing, the gymnasts were asked to climb a 6.00 metre tall rope. In the 20th event, or the weightlifting, the gymnasts were given 2 points for each time that they could lift the 50 kg. overhead to arms height, to a maximum of 10 times, or 20 points.

Le Gymnaste and the 1900 Official Report made several comments about the nationality of the gymnasts. They stated that no Russians had entered but 12 or 14 Germans would be present. They also noted that only a few Swiss would compete, because the Swiss championships were to be held the next week, preventing many of them from traveling to Paris for the contests. Of note, Joseph Martinez, who finished 7th in the Olympic event, eventually also finished 3rd at the Swiss championships. Also mentioned was that only one Italian competed, that being Camillo Pavanello from Sampierdarena. Interestingly, Le Gymnaste commented that four (4) Algerians were competing, all from Oran, and none from Algiers. Algeria was a French colony until 1962, but these four athletes – Jean Martinez, Jean Castiglioni, Lévy, and Koubi – could be considered the first African Olympians.

The events were held outdoors and it was very hot, with temperatures between 35° and 40° C. (95°-104° F.). The event was closed by a dinner for all contestants held on 31 July at The Restaurant de la Lune à l’Exposition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Gustave Sandras 28 France FRA Gold 302
2 Noël Bas 22 France FRA Silver 295
3 Lucien Démanet 25 France FRA Bronze 293
4T Pierre Payssé 26 France FRA 290
4T Jules Rolland 23 France FRA 290
6 Gustave Fabry France FRA 283
7 Joseph Martinez France FRA 277
8T Marcel Lalu 18 France FRA 275
8T Mauvezain France FRA 275
10 L. Léstienne France FRA 273
11 Nicolas Dejaeghère France FRA 272
12T Gaché France FRA 270
12T Joseph Lavielle France FRA 270
14 Berhouzouq France FRA 268
15T Bollet France FRA 267
15T Joseph Castiglioni 22 France FRA 267
17 Gaucher France FRA 266
18 Moreno France FRA 265
19T Obrecht France FRA 264
19T Jules Ducret Switzerland SUI 264
21 Daniel Lavielle France FRA 263
22 Monteil France FRA 262
23T Félix Ghysels 20 France FRA 261
23T Schaan France FRA 261
23T Oscar Jeanfavre Switzerland SUI 261
26 Allègré France FRA 257
27 Fernand Ravoux 24 France FRA 256
28 Camillo Pavanello 20 Italy ITA 255
29 Hugo Peitsch 21 Germany GER 252
30 Paulin Lemaire 17 France FRA 251
31 William Connor Great Britain GBR 250
32T František Erben 25 Bohemia BOH 249
32T Bettremieux France FRA 249
32T Dominique Ravoux 22 France FRA 249
35T Auguste Castille 17 France FRA 248
35T Jules Perret France FRA 248
37T Paul Gibiard France FRA 247
37T Jules Lecoutre 22 France FRA 247
37T Vedeux France FRA 247
40T Balossier France FRA 246
40T Imbert France FRA 246
40T Pratviel France FRA 246
43T Élie Bourgois 19 France FRA 245
43T Honorez France FRA 245
43T Charles Brodbeck 31 Switzerland SUI 245
46 Bouchon France FRA 244
47T Bornes France FRA 243
47T Émile Fréteur 20 France FRA 243
49 Michaud France FRA 242
50T Jardinier France FRA 241
50T Labonal France FRA 241
50T Thiriet France FRA 241
53 Eugen Fürstenberger 20 Germany GER 240
54T Richard Genserowski 25 Germany GER 238
54T Pearce Great Britain GBR 238
56T Fernhbach France FRA 236
56T Émile Scherb France FRA 236
56T Strasser France FRA 236
59 Emil Rotong 21 Germany GER 234
60T Grimm France FRA 233
60T Simon France FRA 233
62T Boulanger France FRA 232
62T Lévy France FRA 232
64 Deroubaix France FRA 231
65T Blanchard France FRA 230
65T le Bourvelec France FRA 230
67T Julese Deleval France FRA 229
67T Salzard France FRA 229
69 Fierens France FRA 228
70 Georges Dubois France FRA 225
71 Carl Wiegand Germany GER 224
72 Fritz Manteuffel 25 Germany GER 223
73 Phillips Great Britain GBR 222
74 Dejean France FRA 221
75T Bourgougnoux France FRA 220
75T Henri Fréteur 23 France FRA 220
77T Otto Meyer France FRA 219
77T Franz Abbé Germany GER 219
79T Douchet France FRA 216
79T Pradairol France FRA 216
79T Viart France FRA 216
79T Fritz Danner 22 Germany GER 216
79T Erwin Kurtz Germany GER 216
84T Debailly France FRA 214
84T Joseph Decroze France FRA 214
84T Rostin France FRA 214
84T Fritz Sauer Germany GER 214
88T Gyula Kakas Hungary HUN 211
88T Aubert France FRA 211
88T Dufeite France FRA 211
88T Gillet France FRA 211
88T Labouret France FRA 211
93T Bourry France FRA 210
93T Pelat France FRA 210
93T Viéville France FRA 210
93T Koubi France FRA 210
97 Ollivier France FRA 209
98 Chapau France FRA 208
99 De Poorten Belgium BEL 207
100 Minot France FRA 206
101 Coone France FRA 205
102T Gustav Flatow 25 Germany GER 204
102T Denis France FRA 204
102T Jules Pinaud France FRA 204
105 Albert Barodet France FRA 201
106 Sidrac France FRA 200
107 Julius Nuninger 25 Germany GER 199
108 Sourzat France FRA 196
109T Buchert France FRA 195
109T Lacombe France FRA 195
111 Van Hule France FRA 194
112 Michelet Belgium BEL 192
113T Favier France FRA 190
113T Fouché France FRA 190
115 Lemoine France FRA 187
116 Charles Deckert 19 France FRA 184
117 Germain France FRA 183
118T Jacquemin France FRA 180
118T Adolf Tannert Germany GER 180
120 Daniel Kehr 17 France FRA 178
121 Coucou France FRA 177
122T Cousin France FRA 175
122T Leroux France FRA 175
124 Henry Hiatt Great Britain GBR 172
125 Vandenhaute France FRA 166
126T Bernillon France FRA 164
126T Delaleau France FRA 164
126T Parisot France FRA 164
126T Samuel Roche France FRA 164
130 Touche France FRA 154
131 Prilleux France FRA 149
132 Bayer France FRA 145
133 Terrier France FRA 133
AC Oscar Näumann 23 Germany GER DNF
AC Gyula Katona Hungary HUN DNF