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1900 Olympic Games Paris, France - Men's 4000 m Steeplechase



Host City: Paris, France Format: Final only.
Date Started: July 16, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900
(Competitors: 8; Countries: 5)
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Overview by IAAF  velodrome_de_vincennes.png
Rimmer led the entire race, followed to the last lap by Grant, who faded badly when Rimmer began his finishing kick. Bennett and Robinson closed on Rimmer in the finishing straight, but could not quite catch their compatriot, possibly because both had medal-winning efforts the previous day; Bennett in the 1500m (gold), and Robinson in the shorter steeplechase. This is the only British clean sweep in Olympic athletics history. Though listed above, it is quite possible that Grant and McClain did not finish.
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The eight starters ran eight laps of the same course as in the 2,500 metre steeplechase, complete with water jump, hurdles, and stone fences. Jack Rimmer led this race the entire way, closely followed throughout by Alex Grant. On the last lap, Rimmer pulled away from Grant, who was then quickly passed by Charles Bennett, Sidney Robinson, and Jacques Chastanié. Bennett and Robinson closed rapidly on Rimmer, but in a very close finish, were unable to catch their countryman. George Orton ran in last for much of the race, and it was thought he was using a similar strategy to that which had worked so well in the shorter steeplechase. However, what was not known was that he had overnight contracted an intestinal virus and he never became a factor in the longer race.
4000 m Steeplechase Men Final 16 July
The British trio dominated this race, finishing in the top three spots close together. The fourth place finisher was about four times as far behind Robinson as Robinson was behind Rimmer. Orton, the gold medallist of the first steeplechase, finished fifth. The American pair both dropped out of the race.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 12.58.4 Jack Rimmer Great Britain GBR 22
2 1½ yds bh Charles Bennett Great Britain GBR 29
3 ½ yd bh2 Sidney Robinson Great Britain GBR 23
4 8 yds bh3 Jean Chastanié France FRA 24
5 George Orton Canada CAN 27
6 Franz Duhne Germany GER
AC DNF Alex Grant Canada CAN 26
AC DNF Thaddeus McClain United States USA 23




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