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1900 Olympic Games Paris, France - Men's 200 m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Paris, France Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 16, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900
(Competitors: 11; Countries: 5; Finalists: 4)
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Overview by IAAF  velodrome_de_vincennes.png
Kraenzlein (27.0) and Pritchard (26.8) were the heat winners. Kraenzlein, the US Champion for the three years leading into 1900, was penalised a yard for a false start in the final, but still won by five yards, and his time was quicker than in any of his AAU title wins. There is debate over the nationality of Pritchard (see page 58), who many feel was representing India at the Games.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Al Kraenzlein won his fourth individual championship of the 1900 track & field program, a still unmatched feat. So much did he outclass the field that his victories were described by The New York Times as basically walkovers. Nobody got within four yards of him in his heat, which he won despite jogging the last half of the race. In the final he was penalized a yard for a false start, but still dashed off to a five-yard margin of victory. He announced his retirement immediately after the race, although he did compete briefly in 1901.
Kraenzlein was a top sprinter and jumper, witness his long jump world records and 60 metre dash victory in Paris. Though these abilities are obviously very helpful to hurdlers, his hurdling prowess was as much die to his technique as anything else. He has been termed the "father of modern hurdlers" for his use of the straight-leg lead with a bent-trail leg.
 
Results
Alvin Kraenzlein set the first Olympic record for this event when he ran 27.0 seconds in the first heat of the first round. Norman Pritchard improved this record in the second heat with 26.8 seconds. Finally Alvin Kraenzlein took the Olympic record by winning the final with 25.4 seconds.
200 m Hurdles Men Final 16 July
Kraenzlein won by five yards, despite having been penalized one metre for a false start. The 200 metre hurdles was his fourth individual victory in Paris; no other track and field athlete has won as many individual victories in a single Olympics.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 Al Kraenzlein United States USA 23 OR
2 5 yds bh Norman Pritchard India IND 24
3 1 yd bh2 Walter Tewksbury United States USA 24
4 Eugène Choisel France FRA
200 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat One 16 July
Kraenzlein won by four yards.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 25.4 Q Al Kraenzlein United States USA 23 OR
2 4 yds bh Q Eugène Choisel France FRA
3 1 ft bh2 Fred Moloney United States USA 17
4 William Remington United States USA 21
5 Gustav Adolf Rau Germany GER 22
200 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Two 16 July
Pritchard won by two yards.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 26.8 Q Norman Pritchard India IND 24 OR
2 2 yds bh Q Walter Tewksbury United States USA 24
3 1 yd bh2 Thaddeus McClain United States USA 23
4 Henri Tauzin France FRA 21
5 William Lewis United States USA 24
6 Zoltán Speidl Hungary HUN 20
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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