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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 25, 1906
Date Finished: May 1, 1906

Gold: USA Paul Pilgrim
Silver: USA Jim Lightbody
Bronze: GBR Wyndham Halswelle


The favorites were defending champion [Jim Lightbody], and two Britons, [Wyndham Halswelle], and [Reginald Crabbe]. After the heats were settled, [Paul Pilgrim] was given an outside chance, based on his previous day's performance in the 400. In a very slow pace, Lightbody took the lead early and held it throughout most of the race. At 500 metres, the pack was still bunched together. Sixty yards from the finish, Pilgrim pulled up to his shoulder, and displayed his speed to win the sprint by two feet. There was nobody close to them at the finish.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Paul Pilgrim 22 United States USA Gold
2 Jim Lightbody 24 United States USA Silver
3 Wyndham Halswelle 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Reginald Crabbe 22 Great Britain GBR
5 Kristian Hellström 25 Sweden SWE
6 Charles Bacon 21 United States USA
7 Eli Parsons 21 United States USA
AC Johannes Runge 28 Germany GER
3 h1 r1/2 Ernst Serrander 22 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/2 Howard Valentine 24 United States USA
3 h3 r1/2 John Horne 28 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/2 Dad Wheatley 23 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 William Anderson Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/2 Georgios Anastasiadis Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Michel Soalhat 30 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Loukas Venizelos Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 James Sullivan 20 United States USA
AC h3 r1/2 Vincent Duncker 21 Germany GER
AC h3 r1/2 Pantelis Ektoros Greece GRE
AC h3 r1/2 Hjalmar Mellander 25 Sweden SWE
AC h4 r1/2 John McGough 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r1/2 Khristos Tsatsanifos Greece GRE
AC h4 r1/2 Vahram Papazyan 13 Turkey TUR