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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 4,000 metres Steeplechase

Athletics at the 1900 Summer Games:


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 16, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Jack Rimmer
Silver: GBR Charles Bennett
Bronze: GBR Sidney Robinson


The eight starters ran eight laps of the same course as in the 2,500 metre steeplechase, complete with water jump, hurdles, and stone fences. [Jack Rimmer] led this race the entire way, closely followed throughout by [Alex Grant]. On the last lap, Rimmer pulled away from Grant, who was then quickly passed by [Charles Bennett], [Sidney Robinson], and [Jacques Chastanié]. Bennett and Robinson closed rapidly on Rimmer, but in a very close finish, were unable to catch their countryman. [George Orton] ran in last for much of the race, and it was thought he was using a similar strategy to that which had worked so well in the shorter steeplechase. However, what was not known was that he had overnight contracted an intestinal virus and he never became a factor in the longer race.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MB T
1 Jack Rimmer 22 Great Britain GBR Gold 12:58.4
2 Charles Bennett 29 Great Britain GBR Silver 1½ yds bh
3 Sidney Robinson 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze ½ yd bh2
4 Jean Chastanié 24 France FRA 8 yds bh3
5 George Orton 27 Canada CAN
6 Franz Duhne 19 Germany GER
AC Alex Grant 26 Canada CAN DNF
AC Thaddeus McClain 23 United States USA DNF