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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 30, 1906

Gold: USA Jim Lightbody
Silver: GBR John McGough
Bronze: SWE Kristian Hellström


A few top British runners were absent (notably [George Butterfield], 1905-1907 AAA champion; and Charles Henderson-Hamilton, the 1905 Oxbridge champion) but the favorites here were still probably Britain's [John McGough], who had been second in the 1906 AAA championships, and [Reginald Crabbe]. The Americans held out for the defending champion, their own [Jim Lightbody], who had also been AAU champion in 1905. All three qualified easily, Lightbody and Crabbe winning their heats, with McGough second to Crabbe.

In the finals, the pace was set by [George Bonhag], who kept it quite slow, with [Greg Wheatley] second, Lightbody in 4th, and McGough 7th entering the last lap. The two British favorites sat at the back of the pack, apparently unaware that Lightbody had barely finished second in a heat of the 400 to [Nigel Barker], thus possessing great finishing speed. With about 200 metres remaining, Lightbody took the lead and there was no chance for anyone to catch him. McGough closed just as rapidly, however, to take second place.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jim Lightbody 24 United States USA Gold
2 John McGough 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Kristian Hellström 25 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Dad Wheatley 23 Australia AUS
5 James Sullivan 20 United States USA
6 George Bonhag 24 United States USA
7 Reginald Crabbe 22 Great Britain GBR
8 Harvey Cohn 21 United States USA
5 h2 r1/2 Michel Soalhat 30 France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Arnold Churchill 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Henry Hawtrey 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Khristos Tsatsanifos Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/2 Georgios Anastasiadis Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/2 Vahram Papazyan 13 Turkey TUR
AC h2 r1/2 George Blake 27 Australia AUS
AC h2 r1/2 Felix Kwieton 28 Austria AUT
AC h2 r1/2 Dimitrios Kantzias Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Andreas Andreadis Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Pericle Pagliani 23 Italy ITA
AC h2 r1/2 Edward Dahl 19 Sweden SWE