France at the 1896 Summer Olympics

France At The 1896 Summer Olympics

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France at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Thirteen athletes from France competed in six sports at the 1896 Summer Olympics. France won the fourth-most gold medals with 5 and the fourth-most total medals with 11. Cycling was the sport in which the French competitors had the most success, as they completely dominated the field. The French team had 27 entries in 18 events, winning 11 medals.





  • Léon Flameng - cycling, 2 kilometres
  • Albin Lermusiaux - athletics, 1,500 metres

Results by event


<!-- Missing image removed: -->France's six athletes won two medals in athletics.


400px|thumb|right|Leon Flameng and Paul MassonFrance dominated the cycling events, taking 4 of the 6 gold medals. Three were won by Paul Masson who won every event he entered, with Léon Flameng adding the fourth as well as a silver and a bronze. One of the two won each event that a Frenchman contested; the two gold medals won by other countries were in competitions that Masson and Flameng did not enter.


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