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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 2,500 metres Steeplechase

Athletics at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 15, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900
Format: Final only.

Gold: CAN George Orton
Silver: GBR Sidney Robinson
Bronze: FRA Jean Chastanié


This event was five laps of the track, and the competitors faced a water jump, hurdles, and stone fences on each lap. Only six started, as several Americans withdrew due to the Sunday start. The pack quickly sorted out into two groups, as Austria’s [Herman Wraschtil] and Germany’s [Franz Dühne] could not keep up the pace. [Sidney Robinson] and [Jacques Chastanié] led through the first lap, but [Arthur Newton] and [George Orton] ran close behind those two. There was little change through the next three laps. On the last lap, Orton was last through most of the circuit, but on the final straight, he finished strongly to win easily. Chastanié and Newton had nothing left for the sprint and faltered in the stretch.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T MB
1 George Orton 27 Canada CAN Gold 7:34.4
2 Sidney Robinson 23 Great Britain GBR Silver 10 yds bh
3 Jean Chastanié 24 France FRA Bronze 50 yds bh2
4 Arthur Newton 17 United States USA
5 Hermann Wraschtil 19 Austria AUT
6 Franz Duhne 19 Germany GER