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1906 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Runners-up in heats eligible. Winner and runner-up to the final.
Date Started: April 27, 1906 Format: Winners of heats advanced to the final. Runners-up advanced to the repêchage.
Date Finished: April 30, 1906
(Competitors: 25; Countries: 11; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF 1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Barker was the fastest winner (53.0) from the six heats, but Hillman and Halswelle were the favourites for the final. Anderson and du Coteau qualified from a repechage heat. Pilgrim, a 400/800 type of runner who had only been added to the team at the last moment, used his strength to move from third to first off the final bend, after Halswelle had set the pace from Barker. Hillman tailed off early, when a knee injury acquired on the boat trip to Europe flared up. This was the last occasion when athletes in an Olympic Games ran races of more than one lap in a clockwise direction.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The 1904 champion, Harry Hillman, was the favorite, with Britain's Wyndham Halswelle (1905-06 AAA champion) and Australia's Nigel Barker, also given a fair chance. There were three other U.S. finalists, but the 400 was not the top event for either Fay Moulton or Charles Bacon, as Moulton preferred the shorter sprints, and Bacon the hurdles. Paul Pilgrim, the other American, had only been added to the team at the last minute, and had to pay his own expenses to accompany the American team. He surprised by surviving to the final, but was given no chance to win.
Hillman fell off the pace early, which was set by Halswelle and Barker. Coming into the final straight, they led with Pilgrim in third. Down the stretch, Pilgrim passed the two Commonwealth athletes and won quite easily, to everyone's surprise.
 
 
Results
400 m Men Final 30 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 53.2 Paul Pilgrim United States USA 22
2 4 yds bh Wyndham Halswelle Great Britain GBR 23
3 2 yds bh2 Nigel Barker Australia AUS 23
4 Harry Hillman United States USA 24
5 Charles Bacon United States USA 21
6 Fay Moulton United States USA 30
7 William Anderson Great Britain GBR
8 Marc Bellin du Coteau France FRA 22
400 m Men Repêchage Heat 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 54.8 Q William Anderson Great Britain GBR
2 Q Marc Bellin du Coteau France FRA 22
3 Vincent Duncker Germany GER 21
400 m Men Round One Heat One 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 54.8 Q Harry Hillman United States USA 24
2 Q William Anderson Great Britain GBR
3 Aage Petersen Denmark DEN 22
4 Eli Parsons United States USA 21
400 m Men Round One Heat Two 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 55.2 Q Paul Pilgrim United States USA 22
2 Q Vincent Duncker Germany GER 21
AC Ioannis Demestikhas Greece GRE
AC Dimitrios Siantis Greece GRE
400 m Men Round One Heat Three 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 53.0 Q Nigel Barker Australia AUS 23
2 53.0 Q Jim Lightbody United States USA 24
3 John Horne Great Britain GBR 28
4 Géo Malfait France FRA 27
400 m Men Round One Heat Four 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 54.0 Q Wyndham Halswelle Great Britain GBR 23
2 Q Lawson Robertson United States USA 22
AC Pantelis Ektoros Greece GRE
AC Sotirios Anastasopoulos Greece GRE
AC Howard Valentine United States USA 24
400 m Men Round One Heat Five 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 56.2 Q Charles Bacon United States USA 21
2 Q Marc Bellin du Coteau France FRA 22
3 George Queyrouze United States USA 23
4 Karl Lampelmayer Austria AUT
400 m Men Round One Heat Six 27 April
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 54.8 Q Fay Moulton United States USA 30
2 Q Johannes Runge Germany GER 28
3 Martin Beckmann Germany GER 21
4 Reginald Reed Great Britain GBR
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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