At the 1900 Summer Olympics, twenty-three athletics events were contested. Altogether, 117 athletes from 15 nations competed. A total of 68 medals (23 gold, 23 silver, 22 bronze) were awarded. In many countries, due in part to the conflation of the Olympic Games and the World's Fair in Paris, the media discussed only the athletics events under the "Olympic" name while ignoring the incredible variety of other sports featured at the time.
The 23 events listed are those currently considered to have been of Olympic stature by the International Olympic Committee and most Olympic historians. They exclude all events that used a handicap system, as well as all events which were open to professional athletes. The IOC has never decided which events were "Olympic" and which were not.
Competitions were held on 14 July, 15 July, 16 July, 19 July, and 22 July. This included Bastille Day, which is a French holiday, and then Sunday, which many of the American athletes protested. Even with many Americans not competing in finals because of confusion caused by the organizers' decision to count scores achieved on Monday, 16 July for finals held on Sunday, 15 July and subsequent rescission of that decision, the United States won more than 4 times as many medals as any other nation, including 16 of the 23 gold medals.
The conditions of competition were also subpar compared even to those at the previous games in 1896. There was no track for the Paris Games, as a grass field dotted with trees and of unequal elevation was used. The course was 500 metres in length, an unusual distance for a track.
||Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||Stan Rowley (AUS)|
||Frank Jarvis (USA)||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||Stan Rowley (AUS)|
||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||Norman Pritchard (IND)||Stan Rowley (AUS)|
||Maxie Long (USA)||William Holland (USA)||Ernst Schultz (DEN)|
||Alfred Tysoe (GBR)||John Cregan (USA)||David Hall (USA)|
||Charles Bennett (GBR)||Henri Deloge (FRA)||John Bray (USA)|
||Michel Théato (FRA) ||Émile Champion (FRA)||Ernst Fast (SWE)|
|110 metres hurdles
||Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)||John McLean (USA)||Frederick Moloney (USA)|
|200 metres hurdles
||Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)||Norman Pritchard (IND)||Walter Tewksbury (USA)|
|400 metres hurdles
||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||Henri Tauzin (FRA)||George Orton (CAN)|
|2500 m steeplechase
||George Orton (CAN)||Sidney Robinson (GBR)||Jacques Chastanié (FRA)|
|4000 m steeplechase
||John Rimmer (GBR)||Charles Bennett (GBR)||Sidney Robinson (GBR)|
|5000 m team race
|| Mixed team (ZZX)
Charles Bennett (GBR)
John Rimmer (GBR)
Sidney Robinson (GBR)
Alfred Tysoe (GBR)
Stan Rowley (AUS)
| France (FRA)
||Alvin Kraenzlein (USA)||Myer Prinstein (USA)||Patrick Leahy (GBR)|
||Myer Prinstein (USA)||James Connolly (USA)||Lewis Sheldon (USA)|
||Irving Baxter (USA)||Patrick Leahy (GBR)||Lajos Gönczy (HUN)|
||Irving Baxter (USA)||Meredith Colket (USA)||Carl Albert Andersen (NOR)|
|Standing long jump
||Ray Ewry (USA)||Irving Baxter (USA)||Émile Torcheboeuf (FRA)|
|Standing triple jump
||Ray Ewry (USA)||Irving Baxter (USA)||Robert Garrett (USA)|
|Standing high jump
||Ray Ewry (USA)||Irving Baxter (USA)||Lewis Sheldon (USA)|
||Richard Sheldon (USA)||Josiah McCracken (USA)||Robert Garrett (USA)|
||Rudolf Bauer (HUN)||Franti?ek Janda-Suk (BOH)||Richard Sheldon (USA)|
||John Flanagan (USA)||Truxtun Hare (USA)||Josiah McCracken (USA)|
These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal.
|1||United States (USA)||16||13||10||39|
|2||Great Britain (GBR)||3 ||3||2||8|
|3||France (FRA)||1 ||4||2||7|
|6||Mixed team (ZZX)||1||0||0||1|
|9||Australia (AUS)||0 ||0||3||3|
In many works, it is read that the IOC later met to decide which events were Olympic and which were not. This is not correct and no decision has ever been made. No discussion of this item can be found in the account of any Session.