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Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 7, 1896
Date Finished: April 7, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: AUS Teddy Flack
Silver: USA Arthur C. Blake
Bronze: FRA Albin Lermusiaux


The 1,500 metre race was run on 7 April. There were no heats, only a final. Eight runners started: [Teddy Flack] of Australia, [Arthur C. Blake] of the United States, [Albin Lermusiaux] of France, Germany's [Carl Galle], and four Greeks – [Angelos Fetsis], [Dimitrios Golemis], [Konstantinos Karakatsanis], and [Dimitrios Tombrof].

The runners stayed together for one lap, with the time at 300 metres being 52.2, at which time the four Greeks lost contact. Blake then took the lead, with 700 metres being passed in 2:08.2, but on the third lap, Lermusiaux took over. He ran 1,100 metres in 3:25.2. At the bell, Flack and Blake passed him, easily drawing away. Flack defeated Blake by five metres in 4:33.2, with Lermusiaux another 15 metres back. Carl Galle finished fourth, trailed by the four Greeks.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T MB
1 Teddy Flack 22 Australia AUS Gold 4:33 1/5 OR
2 Arthur C. Blake 24 United States USA Silver at 2-10 m.
3 Albin Lermusiaux 21 France FRA Bronze at 6-15 m.
4 Carl Galle 23 Germany GER
AC Angelos Fetsis Greece GRE
AC Dimitrios Golemis 21 Greece GRE
AC Konstantinos Karakatsanis Greece GRE
AC Dimitri Tombrof 18 Greece GRE