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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900

Gold: USA Walter Tewksbury
Silver: FRA Henri Tauzin
Bronze: CAN George Orton


There were 10 entries, all of whom competed in some event in Paris, but strangely, only five started. Thus the heats served the ridiculous purpose of reducing the field from five to a final field of four. In addition, one qualifier, [William Lewis], did not contest the final, probably as it was held on Sunday.

It was difficult to pick a favorite as the event was not contested by the AAU or AAA until 1914. The French, however, were certain that they had the favorite in [Henri Tauzin], who had won five French titles in the event, held the continental record of 58.8, and was supposedly unbeaten.

The hurdles for this event were actually 30 feet long telephone poles laid across the track, except for the final "hurdle," which was actually a water jump! In the final, [Walter Tewksbury] went away to an early lead, and was never headed. He won easily, posting American records in the heats (probably the initial U.S. record) and the final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Walter Tewksbury 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Henri Tauzin 21 France FRA Silver
3 George Orton 27 Canada CAN Bronze
2 h1 r1/2 William Lewis 24 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Karel Nedvěd Bohemia BOH