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1896 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's 100 m

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: April 6, 1896
Date Finished: April 10, 1896
(Competitors: 16; Countries: 9; Finalists: 5)
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF 1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingon from the hills above, Francis Lane of Princeton won the first heat inIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more looking12.2. This was the first competition in the Olympics since their denouementIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingin 393 AD. Thomas Curtis (12.2) and Thomas Burke (11.8) wonIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingthe other heats.In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingCurtis, focusing on the 110m hurdles, did not turn out for the final.In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingBurke and Hofmann were drawn next to each other in lanes 4 and 5,In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingand were level until 50m, when Burke drew away to win by about oneand-In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookinga-half metres. Wind and track surface conditions were unhelpful;In front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingnote that Lane later placed fourth in the US Championships 100y inIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more looking10.5e, three yards behind the world’s number one Bernie Wefers. AIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookinghead-on shot of the finish suggests that Lane may have beaten SzokolyiIn front of 40,000 people in the stadium, and thousands more lookingfor third place.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The first event of the Modern Olympic Games was the first heat of the 100 metre dash, held on 6 April. Five runners toed the mark, with Frank Lane of the United States, and Princeton University, winning the first Modern Olympic )event). Lane was trailed by Hungary's Alajos Szokoly and Britain's Charles Gmelin. In heat two, Tom Curtis (USA) defeated Greece's Alexandros Khalkokondylis. Tom Burke of the United States won heat three quite easily, defeating Germany's Fritz Hofmann. Thus began the Modern Olympic Games.
The field for the 100 metres, however, was missing many top sprinters. The world's best in 1896 were Bernie Wefers of the United States and Charles Bradley of England. They had matched up in September 1895 at the London Athletic Club versus New York Athletic Club meet, with Wefers winning. Although Tom Burke was the U.S. champion at 400 metres, he had no real reputation in the short sprint. Conversely, the best Continental sprinter was probably Fritz Hofmann, who was present in Athens, and who in 1893 had scored a double victory (100 and 400 metres) at the )Championship of the Continent) in Berlin.
The finals of the 100 metres were held on 10 April, four days after the heats. Five runners came to the starting line: Tom Burke and Frank Lane of the United States, Fritz Hofmann (GER), Alajos Szokoly (HUN), and Greece's Alexandros Khalkokondylis. The start was even but Burke and Hofmann pulled away at 50 metres. Burke outran Hofmann over the last 50 metres, winning by about two metres in 12.0 seconds.

 

Results
The men's 100 metres race was the first event run at the modern Olympics, on 6 April 1896. It was the shortest race on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. 21 athletes were entered in the first round, divided into three heats of seven runners, but six of them later withdrew. The top two athletes in each heat advanced to the final, which took place on 10 April.
100 m Men Final 10 April

The final of the 100 metre race, run on 10 April, involved the six runners who had finished in the top two of their preliminary heats. Thomas Curtis withdrew to save himself for the 110 metre hurdles, which was the next race on the program and which he won. Burke beat his companion from the third heat, Hofmann, by two meters. Lane and Szokolyi dead-heated for third place, with Chalkokondylis six inches behind them.

Lane and Szokolyi are both considered to be bronze medallists by the International Olympic Committee

Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 12 Tom Burke United States USA 21 OR
2 at 2 m. Fritz Hofmann Germany GER 24
3T at 4 m. Alajos Szokoly Hungary HUN 24
3T at 4 m. Frank Lane United States USA 21
5 at 4 m. Alexandros Khalkokondylis Greece GRE

Heats

                 
The first round of heats took place on 6 April. The first heat of the 100 metres was the first competition held in the Games. Francis Lane won the first heat, thus becoming the first winner of a modern Olympic race. All heats were won by athletes from the United States.
100 m Men Round One Heat One 6 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 12 1/5 Q Frank Lane United States USA 21 OR
2 12 3/4 Q Alajos Szokoly Hungary HUN 24
3 at 1 m. Charles Gmelin Great Britain GBR 23
4 Alphonse Grisel France FRA
AC Kurt Doerry Germany GER 21
100 m Men Round One Heat Two 6 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 12 1/5 Q Tom Curtis United States USA 23 (=)OR
2 12 3/4 Q Alexandros Khalkokondylis Greece GRE
3 at 1 m. Launceston Elliot Great Britain GBR 21
4 Eugen Schmidt Denmark DEN 34
5 George Marshall Great Britain GBR
100 m Men Round One Heat Three 6 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11 4/5 Q Tom Burke United States USA 21
2 12 3/4 Q Fritz Hofmann Germany GER 24
3 at 6 m. Fritz Traun Germany GER 20
AC Henrik Sjöberg Sweden SWE 21
AC Georgios Gennimatas Greece GRE

 

 

Medalists  
Thomas Burke
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Thomas Burke in 1918
Personal information
Born January 15, 1875
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died February 14, 1929 (aged 54)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater Boston University School of Law
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 100-800 m
Club Boston Athletic Association
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.2 (1895)
200 m – 22.6 (1897)
400 m – 48.5 (1896)
800 m – 1:55.9 (1897)
Fritz Hofmann
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Fritz Hofmann
Medal record
Competitor for Germany Germany
Olympic Games
Athletics
Silver medal – second place 1896 Athens 100 metres
Men's artistic gymnastics
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens Team parallel bars
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens Team horizontal bar
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens Rope climbing
 
Francis Lane
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Lane at the 1896 Olympics
Personal information
Born September 23, 1874
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died February 17, 1927 (aged 52)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Sport
Sport Sprint running
Event(s) 100 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 12.2 (1896)
 
Alajos Szokolyi
Alajos szokolyi.jpg
Alajos Szokolyi
Personal information
Nationality Hungarian
Born 19 June 1871
Rónicz, Kingdom of Hungary
(now Hronec, Slovakia)
Died 9 September 1932 (aged 61)
Bernece, Kingdom of Hungary
Sport
Country Hungary
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 100 m, 110 m hurdles, triple jump, high jump
Club Magyar AC
Coached by John Cash
Retired 1900
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.4 sec (1891)
110 m hurdles – 17.4 sec (1897)
Triple jump – 12.48 m (1896)
 
 
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