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Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the I Olympiad
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DatesApril 7
Competitors8 from 5 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men

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.


Place Athlete Time
1 22x20px Edwin Flack (AUS) 4:33.2
2 22x20px Arthur Blake (USA) 4:33.6
3 22x20px Albin Lermusiaux (FRA) 4:36.0
4 22x20px Carl Galle (GER) 4:39.0
5 22x20px Angelos Fetsis (GRE) Unknown
6 22x20px Dimitrios Golemis (GRE) Unknown
7-8 22x20px Konstantinos Karakatsanis (GRE) Unknown
22x20px Dimitrios Tomprof (GRE) Unknown


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