Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics (Redirected from Athletics at the Summer Olympics 1896) Olympics in Athens 1896, competed in twelve athletics. All tests except the Marathon (in which only the arrival took place in the stadium) were held on the Panathinaiko Stadium. The competition took place on 6, 7, 9 and 10 April and took part in it representing 63 athletes from 9 countries. Tom Burke, winner of 100 m U.S. athletes were the big winners to win 9 of the 12 tests. The first tests were contested the heats of the 100m dash. James Connolly of the United States and Harvard student won the triple jump on April 6, 1896 becoming the first Olympic champion in 1503 years. Also finished second in high jump and third in long jump. The trip to Athens was made by boat and train cargo. In discus throw Robert Garrett won the United States.Garret had trained with a very heavy and hard to reach the competition noticed that the disk used in the Olympics would just lighter. Garrett also won the shot put and was second in high jump (tied with Connolly) and long jump. Tom Burke of the United States won the 100 m run 400 m. The Australian Edwin Flack won the 800 m and 1,500 m. Ellery Clark of the United States won the high jump and long jump. Greek organizers for the most important competition was the marathon, for its historical significance. Spiridon Louis took the lead to four kilometers from the finish and won the race lead with seven minutes ahead of the 100,000 spectators at these games.