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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 30, 1906
Date Finished: May 1, 1906

Gold: USA Bob Leavitt
Silver: GBR Alfred Healey
Bronze: GER Vincent Duncker

Summary

The 1905 AAU champion, Hugo Friend, was probably the favorite of those present. Britain's top hurdler, Robert Stronach, AAA champion in 1904-06, was not in Athens. Bob Leavitt, of Williams College, had no athletic record of note, and he never placed in an AAU or ICAAAA event during his "career."

There were three heats contested by 15 hurdlers, with the winners qualifying for the final. A repechage heat also provided two other finalists. The final was probably the best race of the 1906 Olympics. Friend got out of the blocks the fastest but he fell off the pace at the first hurdle in the final. Leavitt and Alfred Healy of Britain raced neck and neck throughout. Coming off the last hurdle, Healey had the barest of leads but he was outrun by Leavitt, who breasted the tape a foot to the good. Germany's Vincent Duncker took the bronze medal, barely holding off a fast finishing Friend.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bob Leavitt 22 United States USA Gold
2 Alfred Healey 26 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Vincent Duncker 21 Germany GER Bronze
3 h1 r2/2 Georgios Isigonis Greece GRE
4 Hugo Friend 23 United States USA
5 Henri Molinié France FRA
3 h1 r1/2 Wallis Walters 28 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Axel Ljung 22 Sweden SWE
AC h1 r1/2 Georgios Zinon Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/2 Nándor Kovács 24 Hungary HUN
AC h2 r1/2 Alexandre Tuffèri 29 Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Georgios Skoutaridis Greece GRE
AC h3 r1/2 Robert Schöffthaler Austria AUT
AC h3 r1/2 Pál Vargha Hungary HUN
AC h3 r1/2 Harry Hillman 24 United States USA