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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 25, 1906
Date Finished: April 27, 1906

Gold: USA Archie Hahn
Silver: USA Fay Moulton
Bronze: AUS Nigel Barker

Summary

Archie Hahn was the favorite although this was solely based on his 1904 victory, as he had been unimpressive in the intervening years. Sorely missed were Britain's Jack Morton, 1904-06 AAA champion, and America's Arthur Duffey, probably the world's top sprinter, but one who had been disqualified in 1905 for professionalism through some rather specious reasoning. It was thought that James Sullivan, who worked for Spalding, ruled against Duffey because Duffey refused to wear Spalding spikes. The world record at the start of 1906 was 10 4/5, held by at least eight different sprinters.

There were some problems with the starter in this event as, in the early rounds, there were several false starts, and many flyers were unrecalled. This was apparently due, in part, to the athlete's unfamiliarity with the starting instructions, which were given in Greek. The final, however, was an absolutely fair start. Archie Hahn defended the Olympic title he had won in St. Louis, winning fairly comfortably by about a yard. The fight for second was very close, but Fay Moulton edged ahead of Nigel Barker by inches near the line. The other three finalists were not close.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Archie Hahn 25 United States USA Gold
2 Fay Moulton 30 United States USA Silver
3 Nigel Barker 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 William Eaton 23 United States USA
5 Lawson Robertson 22 United States USA
6 Knut Lindberg 24 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r2/3 Otto Bock Denmark DEN
3 h2 r2/3 William Schick 24 United States USA
3 h3 r2/3 Wyndham Halswelle 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Sidney Abrahams 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Axel Ljung 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Bohuslav Pohl-Polenský Bohemia BOH
5 h3 r2/3 Gaspare Torretta Italy ITA
6 h3 r2/3 Alfred Healey 26 Great Britain GBR
1 h5 r1/3 Georgios Kesar Greece GRE
1 h7 r1/3 Reginald Reed Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/3 Pantelis Ektoros Greece GRE
2 h8 r1/3 Vincent Duncker 21 Germany GER
2 h10r1/3 Meyer Prinstein 27 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Géo Malfait 27 France FRA
3 h3 r1/3 Martin Beckmann 21 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/3 Konstantinos Devetzis Greece GRE
3 h6 r1/3 Gustav Krojer 20 Austria AUT
3 h8 r1/3 Sotirios Anastasopoulos Greece GRE
3 h9 r1/3 Martin Brustmann 20 Germany GER
3 h10r1/3 Marc Bélin du Coteau 22 France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Robert Schöffthaler Austria AUT
4 h6 r1/3 Wilhelm Ritzenhoff 27 Germany GER
4 h8 r1/3 Uno Häggman 23 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/3 Fritz Hofmann 34 Germany GER
5 h6 r1/3 Gunnar Rönström 22 Sweden SWE
5 h8 r1/3 Nikolaos Mourmouris Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/3 Karl Lampelmayer Austria AUT
AC h1 r1/3 Julius Wagner 23 Germany GER
AC h1 r1/3 Georgios Zinon Greece GRE
AC h4 r1/3 Aage Petersen 22 Denmark DEN
AC h4 r1/3 Patestos Patestidis Greece GRE
AC h5 r1/3 George Queyrouze 23 United States USA
AC h9 r1/3 Otto Hahnel-Kohout Bohemia BOH
AC h9 r1/3 A. Papadakis Greece GRE
AC h10r1/3 Vasilios Stournaras Greece GRE
AC h10r1/3 Miksa Hellmich 24 Hungary HUN