Australia at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Australia competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Most Olympic historians keep Australian records at early Olympics separate from those of the United Kingdom despite Australia's lack of independence at the time.

Australia at the
1900 Summer Olympics
IOC codeAUS
NOCAustralian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.olympics.com.au
in Paris
Competitors2 in 2 sports
Medals
Gold
2
Silver
0
Bronze
3
Total
5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games
 Australasia (1908–1912)

Australia was represented by two athletes, both of whom won a medal in each event in which they competed. Frederick Lane won two gold medals in swimming and Stan Rowley won a gold medal (as part of a mixed team with Great Britain) and three bronze medals in athletics.

Medalists

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Frederick Lane Swimming Men's 200 m freestyle 12 April
Men's 200 m obstacle event 12 April
 Bronze Stan Rowley Athletics Men's 60 m 15 July
Men's 100 m 14 July
Men's 200 m 22 July

Stan Rowley also won a gold medal as part of a mixed team athletics, 5000 metre team race

Athletics

Rowley was Australia's only competitor in athletics. He entered the three sprint events, taking the bronze medal in each of the three. Rowley also joined the Great Britain team in the 5-man team race, as the British squad had only 4 members. The 5 kilometres of the race was much further than Rowley was used to racing. After the first lap of the track, he injured his foot and began to walk. When the last of the other nine competitors (the United Kingdom and France were the only nations to send teams) finished, Rowley was still 1500 metres from the finish; officials allowed him to retire and claim 10th place at that point.

Rowley's four medals put him, and Australia, in third place on the athletics leaderboard.

Athlete Events Heat Semi-final Repechage Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Stan Rowley 60 m 7.3 2 Q n/a 7.2
100 m 10.9 2 Q 11.2 2 q 11.0 1 Q 11.2
200 m 25.0 1 Q n/a 22.9

Swimming

Lane won the 200 metre freestyle and obstacle races, both on the same day. He did not receive gold medals, but instead received bronze sculptures of a horse and peasant girl respectively. He was also the favourite for the 100 metre freestyle, but this event was cancelled.

Athlete Event Semi-final Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Frederick Lane 200 m freestyle 2:59.0 1 Q 2:25.2
200 m obstacle event 3:04.0 1 Q 2:38.4

Non-Olympic events

Shooting

Donald Mackintosh was a professional shooter from Melbourne. He was travelling through Europe competing in a series of traditional competitions. He won the live game shooting (Prix Centenaire de Paris) with 22 consecutive kills of live pigeons, one more than Marquis de Villancosa of Spain. He finished in the joint third position alongside Crittenden Robinson of the United States in the live pigeon shooting (Grand Prix d'Exposition) with 18, behind the winner Leon de Lunden, who scored 21. Mackintosh' status has often been confused, as some historians were under the impression that game-shooting was an archery contest. The International Olympic Committee does not consider either event Olympic.

Notes

    References

    • Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games.
    • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "1900 Olympians from Australia". Accessed 11 March 2006. Available electronically at .
    • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.
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