Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 25, 1906
Date Finished: April 25, 1906
Format: Final only.
Oddly held at an English distance, this race was expected to go to the Englishman, Henry Hawtrey. The top distance runner in the world was Britain's Alf Shrubb, AAA champion over four miles from 1901-1904, but he had recently turned professional.
Hawtrey had no difficulties, going to the front at two miles, and eventually winning by over 50 yards. Sweden's John Svanberg was an equally easy second. In third, Ireland's John Daly and Sweden's Edward Dahl were neck-and-neck coming down the final stretch. Daly weaved in and out several times, effectively preventing Dahl any chance to pass him. For this he was disqualified, although not until the next day. Apparently Daly's weaving was not a conscious effort but one borne of his total exhaustion. Prior to the 1906 Olympics, Hawtrey's major achievement on the track had come in the 1902 AAA one mile championship, when he had finished second to Joe Binks, but defeated the renowned Alf Shrubb, who had to retire because of the fast pace.
|1||Henry Hawtrey||23||Great Britain||GBR||Gold||26:11.8|
|4||George Bonhag||24||United States||USA|
|AC||Francis Edwards||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||John McGeough||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Henry Weber||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Arnold Churchill||23||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Stephen Carnelly||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Harvey Cohn||21||United States||USA|
|AC||William Frank||27||United States||USA|
|AC||Louis Bonniot de Fleurac||29||France||FRA||DNF|
|AC||John Daly||26||Great Britain||GBR||DQ|