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1896 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's 1500 m



Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Final only.
Date Started: April 7, 1896  
Date Finished: April 7, 1896  
(Competitors: 8; Countries: 5)  
    Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF   1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Most of the top men were not in Athens, the most notable absentee being Thomas Conneff (USA), who had run 4:15.6 for a mile (roughly equal to 1500m in 3:57). Lermusiaux set an uninspired pace around the tight bends for the first 300m (52.2), with Flack leading the clockwise procession through 700m in 2:08.2. Lermusiaux took back the lead, passing 1100m in 3:25.2 and held it until the last long finishing straight, where Flack and Blake got past the Frenchman.
Summary by      
The 1,500 metre race was run on 7 April. There were no heats, only a final. Eight runners started: Teddy Flack of Australia, Arthur C. Blake of the United States, Albin Lermusiaux of France, Germany's Carl Galle, and four Greeks – Angelos Fetsis, Dimitrios Golemis, Konstantinos Karakatsanis, and Dimitrios Tombrof.
The runners stayed together for one lap, with the time at 300 metres being 52.2, at which time the four Greeks lost contact. Blake then took the lead, with 700 metres being passed in 2:08.2, but on the third lap, Lermusiaux took over. He ran 1,100 metres in 3:25.2. At the bell, Flack and Blake passed him, easily drawing away. Flack defeated Blake by five metres in 4:33.2, with Lermusiaux another 15 metres back. Carl Galle finished fourth, trailed by the four Greeks.




The men's 1500 metres race, the longest flat-track race of the 1896 Summer Olympics programme, was the last event on 7 April. It was run in a single heat, with eight athletes competing.

Albin Lermusiaux of France led for most of the race, but was caught by Flack and Blake 100m from the end and finished with a bronze medal. Edwin Flack won the race by five meters, becoming the first Australian Olympic champion. The four Greek athletes trailed the other four athletes, though records do not indicate which position the last two finished in.

1500 m Men     Final 7 April        
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4.33.2     Teddy Flack Australia AUS 22 OR  
2 at 2-10 m.     Arthur C. Blake United States USA 24    
3 at 6-15 m.     Albin Lermusiaux France FRA 21    
4       Carl Galle Germany GER 23    
AC       Angelos Fetsis Greece GRE      
AC       Dimitrios Golemis Greece GRE 21    
AC       Konstantinos Karakatsanis Greece GRE      
AC       Dimitri Tombrof Greece GRE 18    


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
Arthur C. Blake

Full name: Arthur Charles Blake
Gender: Male
Born: January 26, 1872 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 23, 1944 (Aged 72.271) in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Silver medal – second place 1896 Athens 1500 metres
Albin Lermusiaux
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Albin Lermusiaux in 1921
Personal information
Born 9 August 1874
Noisy-le-Sec, France
Died 1940 (aged c. 66)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m – marathon, shooting
Club Racing Club de France, Paris
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 4:07.0 (1895)
5000 m – 15:47.8 (1895)
10000 m – 35:45.5 (1895)[1][2]


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