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Gymnastics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 29, 1900
Date Finished: July 30, 1900
Events: 1

Participants: 135 (135 men and 0 women) from 8 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Auguste Castille (17 years, 78 days)
Oldest Participant: SUI Charles Brodbeck (31 years, 299 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (3 medals)


There were over 50 different gymnastics events contested during the 1900 Paris Exposition, all of which are listed in the Official Report of the Exposition, but usually only the individual combined exercises is considered to be an Olympic event. The other events were conducted for various local societies and groups, and were thus limited participation, and not open to all possible competitors. In the 1900 Official Report, it is listed as “Championnat International de Gymnastique.”

Oddly, earlier in the section on gymnastics, there is another description of an event which is listed as “Championnat des Jeux Olympiques de 1900.” However, there is no gymnastics event from 1900 referred to as such in the newspapers and sporting magazines of the era, including the best source for 1900 gymnastics results, the French gymnastics magazine, Le Gymnaste. The suspicion is that they are the same event, one scheduled, but then held under a different name, with slightly different rules.