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1896 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: April 6, 1896  
Date Finished: April 9, 1896  
(Competitors: 9; Countries: 6; Finalists: 3)  
    Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF   1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Neither Edgar Bredin (GBR) nor Charles Kilpatrick (USA) – both sub- 1:56 men – was present, and the faster of the two heats was that won by Flack in 2:10.0. The other was taken by Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) in 2:16.6. Even allowing for the quality of the track it was clear that the best in the event were not present. In the final Flack led Dáni by a metre at halfway in 65.5, with Golemis well behind. The Australian only got clear of the Hungarian in the last 100m.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
America's Charles Kilpatrick was the world record holder and easily the top ½-mile runner in the world, but he did not make the trip to Athens. This left the favorite's role to Australia's Edwin "Teddy" Flack, an accountant who was living and training in London in 1896.
The heats of the 800 metres were held on 6 April. Flack won heat one over Hungary's Nándor Dáni, with Fritz Traun (GER) third, and Britain's George Marshall finishing fourth and last. In heat two, Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) won narrowly over three Hellenes, led by Dimitrios Golemis, and Georges de la Nézière of France.
The 800 metre finals were held three days later on 9 April. Lermusiaux chose not to start, presumably saving himself for the marathon which was to start the next day. Thus, only three runners contested the final – Flack, Dáni, and Golemis. Flack won by 10 metres in 2:11.0, easing up, with Dáni second, and Golemis over 100 metres behind Flack.

 

        Results          
The men's 800 metres race was the second-longest of the four flat-track events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The preliminary heats were the third event held on 6 April. The nine competitors were split into two groups. The top two athletes in each heat advanced to the final, which was held on 9 April.
800 m Men     Final 9 April        

Heats

The two heats of the preliminary round were held on 6 April. The top two runners in each heat advanced.

Heat 1

Flack beat Dáni by four feet with the others far behind; his time of 2:10.0 was the inaugural Olympic record.

Heat 2

Lermusiaux beat Golemis by 1¼ yards.

Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.11     Teddy Flack Australia AUS 22    
2 2.11 4/5     Nándor Dáni Hungary HUN 24    
3 at 20-100 m.     Dimitrios Golemis Greece GRE 21    
 
800 m Men     Round One Heat One 6 April        
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.1   Q Teddy Flack Australia AUS 22 OR  
2 2.10 1/5   Q Nándor Dáni Hungary HUN 24    
3 at 20 m.     Fritz Traun Germany GER 20    
4       George Marshall Great Britain GBR      
800 m Men     Round One Heat Two 6 April        
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.16 3/5   Q Albin Lermusiaux France FRA 21    
2 2.16 4/5   Q Dimitrios Golemis Greece GRE 21    
3       Georges de la Nézière France FRA 17    
AC       Dimitri Tombrof Greece GRE 18    
AC       Angelos Fetsis Greece GRE      

 

 

 

   Medalists
Edwin Flack
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Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for Australia Australia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens 800 metres
Gold medal – first place 1896 Athens 1500 metres
Men's tennis
Competitor for a Olympic flag.svg Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens Doubles
 
Nándor Dáni
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Nándor Dáni
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for Hungary
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1896 Athens 800 metres
 

Nándor Dáni was a Hungarian athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was born May 30, 1871 in Budapest, and died there December 31, 1949.

Dáni competed in the 800 metres, taking second place in his preliminary heat to advance to the final. There, he again finished behind Edwin Flack of Australia, the same runner who had beaten him in the first round. Dáni's time in the final was 2:11.8, less than a second behind Flack's 2:11.0 time.

 
Dimitrios Golemis
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Statue of Dimitrios Golemis in Lefkada
Personal information
Nationality  Greece
Born November 15, 1874
Lefkada, Greece
Died January 9, 1941 (aged 66)
Sport
Sport Track running
Event(s) 800 metres

 

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