|Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the II Olympiad
|Venue||Bois de Boulogne|
|Competitors||8from 7 nations|
The men's 200 metres was a sprinting event on the athletics programme at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 22, 1900, well after most of the rest of the athletics events. The 1900 Games were the first time the 200 metres was contested. The races were held on a track of 500 metres in circumference. Eight athletes from seven nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||21.4(*)||Jim Maybury||Chicago (USA)||June 5, 1897|
(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)
In the first round, there were two heats. The top two runners in each advanced to the final.
First round, heat 1
|1||William Holland (USA)||24.0s|
|2||Norman Pritchard (IND)||Unknown|
|3||Adolphe Klingelhoefer (FRA)||Unknown|
|4||Ern? Schubert (HUN)||Unknown|
The first heat was an easy win for Holland.
First round, heat 2
|1||Stan Rowley (AUS)||25.0s|
|2||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||(25.1)|
|3||Yngvar Bryn (NOR)||Unknown|
|4||Albert Werkmüller (GER)||Unknown|
Rowley beat Tewksbury by about a foot, and neither of the other two runners were close.
|1||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||22.2s|
|2||Norman Pritchard (IND)||(22.8)|
|3||Stan Rowley (AUS)||(22.9)|
|4||William Holland (USA)||(22.9)|
Tewksbury passed Pritchard in the second half of the race and crossed the finish line 2½ yards clear of the field, with Pritchard half a yard ahead of Rowley, and Rowley six inches ahead of Holland, who was the slowest in the final despite improving upon his time by over a second.