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Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 14, 1900

Gold: USA Frank Jarvis
Silver: USA Walter Tewksbury
Bronze: AUS Stan Rowley


The heavy favorite in this race was [Arthur Duffey], who the week before in London, had won the first of four consecutive AAA titles at 100 yards. His heat times were not remarkable but he was unpressed in both rounds. [Frank Jarvis] and [Walter Tewksbury], however, both posted a new world record of 10.8 in winning their heats.

In the heats of this event, the French starter Meier, proved incompetent and was soon replaced by the well-known British starter George F. Sandford. The start of the final was described as very even, but at the halfway mark, Duffey had opened up a lead of a metre. Suddenly he fell to the track, having pulled a muscle badly. The others finished close together, about one yard separating the three finishers, but Frank Jarvis took the title in 11.0 seconds.

Duffey was the greatest sprinter since Bernie Wefers. In 1902, he ran 100 yards in 9.6 seconds and he won several IC4A, AAU, and AAA championships, but his name is not to be found in the record books. In 1905, he was declared a professional by AAU president James Sullivan, and Sullivan ordered all Duffey’s marks expunged from the records. Duffey’s crime, according to [Charles Paddock], was that he chose to wear running shoes made by an English company, and not by the New York company with which Sullivan was affiliated.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Frank Jarvis 21 United States USA Gold
2 Walter Tewksbury 24 United States USA Silver
3 Stan Rowley 23 Australia AUS Bronze
AC Arthur Duffey 20 United States USA
2 h4 r2/3 Norman Pritchard 24 India IND
3 h4 r2/3 Clark Leiblee 22 United States USA
AC h4 r2/3 Charles Burroughs 23 United States USA
AC h4 r2/3 Fred Moloney 17 United States USA
AC h4 r2/3 Thaddeus McClain 23 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Dixon Boardman 20 United States USA
4 h3 r2/3 Edmund Minahan 17 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Kurt Doerry 25 Germany GER
3 h1 r1/3 Václav Nový Bohemia BOH
3 h2 r1/3 Pál Koppán 21 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/3 Umberto Colombo Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 Johannes Gandil 26 Denmark DEN
3 h5 r1/3 Ernő Schubert 18 Hungary HUN
3 h6 r1/3 Henry Slack 23 United States USA
4 h3 r1/3 Julius Keyl 22 Germany GER
4 h5 r1/3 Isaac Westergren 24 Sweden SWE