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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 5 mile

Athletics at the 1906 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 25, 1906
Date Finished: April 25, 1906
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Henry Hawtrey
Silver: SWE John Svanberg
Bronze: SWE Edward Dahl


Oddly held at an English distance, this race was expected to go to the Englishman, [Henry Hawtrey]. The top distance runner in the world was Britain's Alf Shrubb, AAA champion over four miles from 1901-1904, but he had recently turned professional.

Hawtrey had no difficulties, going to the front at two miles, and eventually winning by over 50 yards. Sweden's [John Svanberg] was an equally easy second. In third, Ireland's [John Daly] and Sweden's [Edward Dahl] were neck-and-neck coming down the final stretch. Daly weaved in and out several times, effectively preventing Dahl any chance to pass him. For this he was disqualified, although not until the next day. Apparently Daly's weaving was not a conscious effort but one borne of his total exhaustion. Prior to the 1906 Olympics, Hawtrey's major achievement on the track had come in the 1902 AAA one mile championship, when he had finished second to Joe Binks, but defeated the renowned Alf Shrubb, who had to retire because of the fast pace.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Henry Hawtrey 23 Great Britain GBR Gold 26:11.8
2 John Svanberg 24 Sweden SWE Silver 26:19.4
3 Edward Dahl 19 Sweden SWE Bronze 26:26.2
4 George Bonhag 24 United States USA
5 Pericle Pagliani 23 Italy ITA
6 George Blake 27 Australia AUS
AC Felix Kwieton 28 Austria AUT
AC Arnošt Nejedlý 22 Bohemia BOH
AC Arthur Pitt-Marson Egypt EGY
AC Francis Edwards 20 Great Britain GBR
AC John McGough 25 Great Britain GBR
AC Henry Weber 20 Great Britain GBR
AC Arnold Churchill 23 Great Britain GBR
AC Stephen Carnelly 25 Great Britain GBR
AC Dimitrios Stamou Greece GRE
AC Xenofon Milonakis Greece GRE
AC Ioannis Arvanitis Greece GRE
AC Dimitrios Kantzias Greece GRE
AC Ioannis Santorinaios Greece GRE
AC Alkiviadis Tzelepopoulos Greece GRE
AC Ernst Serrander 22 Sweden SWE
AC Harvey Cohn 21 United States USA
AC William Frank 27 United States USA
AC Louis Bonniot de Fleurac 29 France FRA DNF
AC Gaston Ragueneau 24 France FRA DNF
AC Hermann Müller 21 Germany GER DNF
AC Fritz Skullerud 21 Norway NOR DNF
AC John Daly 26 Great Britain GBR DQ