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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 30, 1906

Gold: USA Paul Pilgrim
Silver: GBR Wyndham Halswelle
Bronze: AUS Nigel Barker

Summary

The 1904 champion, Harry Hillman, was the favorite, with Britain's Wyndham Halswelle (1905-06 AAA champion) and Australia's Nigel Barker, also given a fair chance. There were three other U.S. finalists, but the 400 was not the top event for either Fay Moulton or Charles Bacon, as Moulton preferred the shorter sprints, and Bacon the hurdles. Paul Pilgrim, the other American, had only been added to the team at the last minute, and had to pay his own expenses to accompany the American team. He surprised by surviving to the final, but was given no chance to win.

Hillman fell off the pace early, which was set by Halswelle and Barker. Coming into the final straight, they led with Pilgrim in third. Down the stretch, Pilgrim passed the two Commonwealth athletes and won quite easily, to everyone's surprise.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Paul Pilgrim 22 United States USA Gold
2 Wyndham Halswelle 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Nigel Barker 23 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Harry Hillman 24 United States USA
5 Charles Bacon 21 United States USA
6 Fay Moulton 30 United States USA
7 William Anderson Great Britain GBR
8 Marc Bélin du Coteau 22 France FRA
3 h1 r2/3 Vincent Duncker 21 Germany GER
2 h3 r1/3 Jim Lightbody 24 United States USA
2 h4 r1/3 Lawson Robertson 22 United States USA
2 h6 r1/3 Johannes Runge 28 Germany GER
3 h1 r1/3 Aage Petersen 22 Denmark DEN
3 h3 r1/3 John Horne 28 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 George Queyrouze 23 United States USA
3 h6 r1/3 Martin Beckmann 21 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/3 Eli Parsons 21 United States USA
4 h3 r1/3 Géo Malfait 27 France FRA
4 h5 r1/3 Karl Lampelmayer Austria AUT
4 h6 r1/3 Reginald Reed Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/3 Ioannis Demestikhas Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/3 Dimitrios Siantis Greece GRE
AC h4 r1/3 Pantelis Ektoros Greece GRE
AC h4 r1/3 Sotirios Anastasopoulos Greece GRE
AC h4 r1/3 Howard Valentine 24 United States USA