The men's 110 metres hurdles
was the only hurdling event on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics
programme. The preliminary heats were the first track event of the day on 7 April. Eight competitors ran in two heats of four runners each. Only the fastest two runners in each heat advanced to the final.
The heats were held on 7 April. The top two finishers in each of the two heats advanced to the final.
of Great Britain
finished first, in a time of 18.4 seconds. Szokolyi hit the last hurdle and stumbled, allowing Reichel to pass him and finish second.
finished 1st and 2nd in this heat, with Thomas Curtis
advancing to the final with a time of 18 seconds, and Hoyt second.Athanasios Skaltsogiannis
of Greece and Kurt Dörry
also competed, though their final positions are not recorded.
The final of the 110 metre hurdles was run on 10 April. Reichel was unable to compete in the final as he was serving as an assistant to Albin Lermusiaux
in the marathon
, and Hoyt withdrew in order to prepare for the pole vault; thus, only two athletes competed, but they finished within one-tenth of a second. Goulding led at the final hurdle, being a better hurdler, but Curtis passed him in the straight and won a tight race by two inches.
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