1900 Olympics - Paris

The success of the revived Olympics moved Greece to declare itself the rightful host of all future Games, but de Coubertin and the International Olympic Committee were determined to move the athletic feast around. In France, however, the Games were overshadowed by the brand new Eiffel Tower and all but ignored by the organizers of the 1900 Paris Exposition.

Despite their sideshow status, the Games attracted 1,225 athletes from 26 nations and enjoyed more publicity, if not bigger crowds, than in Athens.

University of Pennsylvania roommates Alvin Kraenzlein, Irving Baxter and John Tewksbury and Purdue grad Ray Ewry dominated the 23 track and field events, winning 11 and taking five seconds and a third. Kraenzlein remains the only track and fielder to win four individual titles in one year. Women were invited to compete for the first time and Britain's Charlotte Cooper won the singles and mixed doubles in tennis.

No gold medals were given out in Paris. Winners received silver medals with bronze for second place.

Event   Time  
  60m Alvin Kraenzlein, USA 7.0 WR
  John W. Tewksbury, USA 7.1  
  Stanley Rowley, AUS 7.2  
 100m Frank Jarvis, USA 11.0 OR
  John W. Tewksbury, USA 11.1  
  Stanley Rowley, AUS 11.2  
 200m John W. Tewksbury, USA 22.2  
  Norman Pritchard, IND 22.8  
  Stanley Rowley, AUS 22.9  
 400m Maxey Long, USA 49.4 OR
  William Holland, USA 49.6  
  Ernst Schultz, DEN    
 800m Alfred Tysoe, GBR 2:01.2  
  John Cregan, USA 2:03.0  
  David Hall, USA    
1500m Charles Bennett, GBR 4:06.2 WR
  Henri Deloge, FRA 4:06.6  
  John Bray, USA 4:07.2  
Marathon Michel Théato, FRA 2:59:45  
  Emile Champion, FRA 3:04:17  
  Ernst Fast, SWE 3:37:14  
110m H Alvin Kraenzlein, USA 15.4 OR
  John McLean, USA 15.5  
  Fred Moloney, USA 15.6  
200m H Alvin Kraenzlein, USA 25.4  
  Norman Pritchard, IND 26.6  
  John W. Tewksbury, USA    
400m H John W. Tewksbury, USA 57.6  
  Henri Tauzin, FRA 58.3  
  George Orton, CAN    
George Orton, CAN 7:34.4  
  Sidney Robinson, GBR 7:38.0  
  Jacques Chastanié    
John Rimmer, GBR 12:58.4  
  Charles Bennett, GBR 12:58.6  
  Sidney Robinson, GBR 12:58.8  
GBR (Charles Bennett, John Rimmer,
Sidney Robinson, Alfred Tysoe,
Stanley Rowley)
26 pts  
  France 29 pts  
Event Mark  
High Jump Irving Baxter, USA 6- 23/4 OR
  Patrick Leahy, GBR/IRE 5- 10  
  Lajos Gönczy, HUN 5- 83/4  
Pole Vault Irving Baxter, USA 10-10  
  Meredith Colkett, USA 10- 73/4  
  Carl-Albert Andersen, NOR 10- 53/4  
Long Jump Alvin Kraenzlein, USA 23- 63/4 OR
  Myer Prinstein, USA 23- 61/4  
  Patrick Leahy, GBR/IRE 22- 91/2  
Triple Jump Meyer Prinstein, USA 47- 53/4 OR
  James Connolly, USA 45- 10  
  Lewis Sheldon, USA 44- 9  
Shot Put Richard Sheldon, USA 46- 3 OR
  Josiah McCracken, USA 42- 13/4  
  Robert Garrett, USA 40- 7  
Discus Rudolf Bauer, HUN 118- 3 OR
  Frantisek Janda-Suk, BOH 115- 71/2  
  Richard Sheldon, USA 113- 6  
Hammer John Flanagan, USA 163- 1  
  Truxton Hare, USA 161- 2  
  Josiah McCracken, USA 139- 31/2  
Standing Mark  
High Jump Ray Ewry, USA 5- 5 WR
  Irving Baxter, USA 5- 0  
  Lewis Sheldon, USA 4- 11  
Long Jump Ray Ewry, USA 10- 61/4  
  Irving Baxter, USA 10- 31/4  
  Emile Torcheboeuf, FRA 9- 111/2  
Triple Jump Ray Ewry, USA 34- 81/2  
  Irving Baxter, USA 32- 8  
  Robert Garrett, USA 31- 2