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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: April 25, 1906
Date Finished: May 1, 1906
Events: 21

Participants: 233 (233 men and 0 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: TUR Vahram Papazyan (13 years, 224 days)
Oldest Participant: USA James B. Connolly (37 years, 183 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Martin Sheridan (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (23 medals)


The track & field events were held in the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The track was short, at only about 330 metres in circumference, with long straightaways and very short, sharp turns. It also consisted of very soft, loose cinders and made running difficult. Consequently most of the existing Olympic track records survived despite the almost perfect weather - sunny every day, with temperatures in the 70's F. (circa 22-26° C.).

In addition, the 1906 Olympic Organizing Committee chose to have the runners run in a clockwise direction, opposite to the norm for current running events, as they had in 1896. While in the 19th century, some British meets were conducted with the runners racing clockwise, this virtually never occurred in major meets by 1906.

But it should not be construed that the 1906 Olympic Games did not constitute a major track & field athletics meet. In fact, this was the greatest international gathering of track & field athletes the world had yet seen. While some of the world's top athletes were not in Athens, the quality of the field in 1906 far surpassed the Olympics of 1896, 1900, and 1904.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres USA Archie Hahn USA Fay Moulton AUS Nigel Barker
Men's 400 metres USA Paul Pilgrim GBR Wyndham Halswelle AUS Nigel Barker
Men's 800 metres USA Paul Pilgrim USA Jim Lightbody GBR Wyndham Halswelle
Men's 1,500 metres USA Jim Lightbody GBR John McGough SWE Kristian Hellström
Men's 5 mile GBR Henry Hawtrey SWE John Svanberg SWE Edward Dahl
Men's Marathon CAN Billy Sherring SWE John Svanberg USA William Frank
Men's 110 metres Hurdles USA Bob Leavitt GBR Alfred Healey GER Vincent Duncker
Men's 1,500 metres Walk USA George Bonhag CAN Don Linden GRE Konstantinos Spetsiotis
Men's 3,000 metres Walk HUN György Sztantics GER Hermann Müller GRE Georgios Saridakis
Men's High Jump GBR Con Leahy HUN Lajos Gönczy GRE Themistoklis Diakidis
USA Bert Kerrigan
Men's Standing High Jump USA Ray Ewry BEL Léon Dupont
USA Lawson Robertson
USA Martin Sheridan
Men's Pole Vault FRA Fernand Gonder SWE Bruno Söderström USA Ed Glover
Men's Long Jump USA Meyer Prinstein GBR Peter O'Connor USA Hugo Friend
Men's Standing Long Jump USA Ray Ewry USA Martin Sheridan USA Lawson Robertson
Men's Triple Jump GBR Peter O'Connor GBR Con Leahy USA Tom Cronan
Men's Shot Put USA Martin Sheridan HUN Mihály Dávid SWE Eric Lemming
Men's Stone Throw GRE Nikolaos Georgantas USA Martin Sheridan GRE Mikhail Dorizas
Men's Discus Throw USA Martin Sheridan GRE Nikolaos Georgantas FIN Verner Järvinen
Men's Discus Throw, Greek Style FIN Verner Järvinen GRE Nikolaos Georgantas HUN István Mudin
Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle SWE Eric Lemming SWE Knut Lindberg SWE Bruno Söderström
Men's Pentathlon (Ancient) SWE Hjalmar Mellander HUN István Mudin SWE Eric Lemming