Austria at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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IOC codeAUT
NOCAustrian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.oeoc.at (in German)
in Athens, Greece
6 – 15 April 1896
Competitors3 in 3 sports and 9 events
Medals
Ranked 7th
Gold
2
Silver
1
Bronze
2
Total
5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Three sportsmen from Austria competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics. Though Austria was then a part of Austria-Hungary, most sources separate Austrian competitors from the Hungarians at the 1896 Games.

Medalists

Further information: 1896 Summer Olympics medal table and List of 1896 Summer Olympics medal winners

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Adolf Schmal Cycling Men's 12 hour race April 13
 Gold Paul Neumann Swimming 500 m freestyle April 11
 Silver Otto Herschmann Swimming 100 m Freestyle April 11
 Bronze Adolf Schmal Cycling 10 km April 11
 Bronze Adolf Schmal Cycling Time trial April 11
Medals by sport
Sport 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
Swimming 1 1 0 2
Cycling 1 0 2 3
Total 2 1 2 5
Medals by day
Day Date 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
1 6 April 0 0 0 0
2 7 April 0 0 0 0
3 8 April 0 0 0 0
4 9 April 0 0 0 0
5 10 April 0 0 0 0
6 11 April 1 1 2 4
7 12 April 0 0 0 0
8 13 April 1 0 0 1
Total 2 1 2 5

Multiple medalists

The following competitors won multiple medals at the 1896 Olympic Games.

Name Medal Sport Event
Adolf Schmal  Gold
 Bronze
 Bronze
Cycling Men's 12 hour race
Men's track time trial
Men's 10 kilometres

Competitors

The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Cycling 1 0 1
Fencing 1 0 1
Swimming 2 0 2

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 1896 Summer Olympics

All three of Schmal's medals were won in the cycling competitions, even though he competed in two different sports. He competed in four events, earning a top three finish in three of them. In the time trial event, Schmal tied for second place Stamatios Nikolopoulos. A race-off between the two broke the tie in favor of the Greek athlete.

Track

Athlete Event Time / Distance Rank
Adolf Schmal Time trial 26.6 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Adolf Schmal 10 km Unknown 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Adolf Schmal 100 km Did not finish
Adolf Schmal 12 hour race 295.300 km 1st place, gold medalist(s)

Fencing

Main article: Fencing at the 1896 Summer Olympics

Schmal also competed in the sabre fencing tournament, placing fourth in the five-man round robin.

Athlete Event Final
MW ML Rank
Adolf Schmal Men's sabre 1 3 4

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1896 Summer Olympics

Two Austrian swimmers competed in 1896. One of the two competed in each of the three open events, and each swimmer won one medal.

Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Otto Herschmann 100 m freestyle 1:22.8 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Paul Neumann 500 m freestyle 8:12.6 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Otto Herschmann Did not start
Paul Neumann 1200 m freestyle Did not finish

References