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1906 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 30, 1906
(Competitors: 20; Countries: 9; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF 1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Heats were run for the first time, with Lightbody (4:19.4) and McGough (4:18.8) the winners. Bonhag set the pace for three laps, with no-one particularly keen to take that duty from him. Coming to the final straight Lightbody took the lead, and won easily, though McGough, the Scottish Champion, moved from seventh at the bell to second, with Hellström beating Wheatley for third.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
A few top British runners were absent (notably George Butterfield, 1905-1907 AAA champion; and Charles Henderson-Hamilton, the 1905 Oxbridge champion) but the favorites here were still probably Britain's John McGough, who had been second in the 1906 AAA championships, and Reginald Crabbe. The Americans held out for the defending champion, their own Jim Lightbody, who had also been AAU champion in 1905. All three qualified easily, Lightbody and Crabbe winning their heats, with McGough second to Crabbe.
In the finals, the pace was set by George Bonhag, who kept it quite slow, with Greg Wheatley second, Lightbody in 4th, and McGough 7th entering the last lap. The two British favorites sat at the back of the pack, apparently unaware that Lightbody had barely finished second in a heat of the 400 to Nigel Barker, thus possessing great finishing speed. With about 200 metres remaining, Lightbody took the lead and there was no chance for anyone to catch him. McGough closed just as rapidly, however, to take second place.
 
 
Results
1500 m Men Final 30 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4.12.0 Jim Lightbody United States USA 24
2 4.12.6 John McGeough Great Britain GBR 25
3 4.13.4 Kristian Hellström Sweden SWE 25
4 13 yds bh3 Dad Wheatley Australia AUS 23
5 James Sullivan United States USA
6 George Bonhag United States USA 24
7 Reginald Crabbe Great Britain GBR 22
8 Harvey Cohn United States USA 21
1500 m Men Round One Heat One 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4.19.4 Q Jim Lightbody United States USA 24
2 Q Kristian Hellström Sweden SWE 25
3 Q James Sullivan United States USA
4 Q Dad Wheatley Australia AUS 23
AC Vahram Papazyan Turkey TUR 13
AC Khristos Tsatsanifos Greece GRE
AC Georgios Anastasiadis Greece GRE
AC Arnold Churchill Great Britain GBR 23
AC DNF Henry Hawtrey Great Britain GBR 23
1500 m Men Round One Heat Two 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4.18.8 Q John McGeough Great Britain GBR 25
2 Q Reginald Crabbe Great Britain GBR 22
3 Q George Bonhag United States USA 24
4 Q Harvey Cohn United States USA 21
5 Michel Soalhat France FRA 30
AC Felix Kwieton Austria AUT 28
AC Edward Dahl Sweden SWE 19
AC George Blake Australia AUS 27
AC Pericle Pagliani Italy ITA 23
AC Dimitrios Kantzias Greece GRE
AC Andreas Andreadis Greece GRE
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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