From 14 May to 28 October 1900, the Vincennes Velodrome, promoted to the rank of Olympic venue, hosted most of the Games’ competitions.
The IOC’s decision to hold the Olympic Games at the same time as the World’s Fair in Paris was innovative, even though the Games were somewhat overshadowed.
At the time, there were neither opening nor closing ceremonies. Here, athletes are seen parading at the Federal Meeting of the Union of Gymnastics Associations of France.
Before a huge crowd, the cycling competition unfolds in the Vincennes Velodrome, the obvious venue for the event.
This young Frenchman was instrumental in the victory of the two Dutch coxes during the Rowing competition. Called in to replace a missing coxwain, he remains, to this day, the only totally unknown medal-winner.
The Marathon was won by a Parisian delivery man, Michel Theato (2nd from the right in the picture). The Americans contested his victory, asserting that he already knew the route inside out.
On the track at Bois de Boulogne, the Brit Tysoe edged out American Gregan, crossing the finishing line of the 800-meter race in 2’01’’05. At the Sydney 2000 Games, the winner clocked in at 1’45’’08.
American Ray Ewry’s phenomenal standing high jump. The Gold Medalist set the new world record, exceeding 1.655 metre.
Tug of war, or rope-pulling, was one of the Athletics events for 5 Olympiads (1900-1920). Here, France faces off against Sweden/Denmark.
The 1900 Games hosted an impressive number of demonstration sports such as canon-shooting, pigeon-shooting, line fishing, and…balloon racing!
For the official photo, the French Football Team donned its jerseys featuring the USFSA’s (Union of French Athletic Sports Associations) red and blue rings.
(Sources : Les Jeux Olympiques oubliés - Paris 1900, A. Drevon)