Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics

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Dates4–6 September
No. of events9
Competitors32 from 5 nations
  1900
1908  

At the 1904 Summer Olympics , nine swimming events were contested. The 1904 swimming competition was the only time in Olympic history that racing distances were measured in yards. The competition was held September 4–6, 1904. There was a total of 32 participants from 5 countries competing. [1]

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The short sprint, at 50 yards (46 m), made its first Olympic appearance in 1904. The 100 returned after not being contested in 1900. The 1000 metres and 4000 metres were replaced with the much shorter 440 yards (400 m) and 1-mile (1,600 m) events, making the 200 the only freestyle event to be held for the second time in a row.

The 200 metre backstroke was shortened to 100 yards (91 m) and the team swimming event was replaced with a 4×50 yard freestyle relay. The obstacle course and underwater swimming events were eliminated, while breaststroke made its Olympic debut.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the German Empire.svg  Germany  (GER)4228
2US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)33410
3Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Hungary  (HUN)2114
4Flag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Australia  (AUS)0314
5Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Austria  (AUT)0011
Totals (5 nations)99927

Medal summary

EventGoldSilverBronze
50 yard freestyle
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Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Zoltán Halmay  (HUN)US flag 45 stars.svg  Scott Leary  (USA)US flag 45 stars.svg  Charles Daniels  (USA)
100 yard freestyle
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Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Zoltán Halmay  (HUN)US flag 45 stars.svg  Charles Daniels  (USA)US flag 45 stars.svg  Scott Leary  (USA)
220 yard freestyle
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US flag 45 stars.svg  Charles Daniels  (USA)Flag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Francis Gailey  (AUS) [note 1] Flag of the German Empire.svg  Emil Rausch  (GER)
440 yard freestyle
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US flag 45 stars.svg  Charles Daniels  (USA)Flag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Francis Gailey  (AUS) [note 1] Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg  Otto Wahle  (AUT)
880 yard freestyle
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Flag of the German Empire.svg  Emil Rausch  (GER)Flag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Francis Gailey  (AUS) [note 1] Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Géza Kiss  (HUN)
1 mile freestyle
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Flag of the German Empire.svg  Emil Rausch  (GER)Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg  Géza Kiss  (HUN)Flag of Australia (1903-1908).svg  Francis Gailey  (AUS) [note 1]
100 yard backstroke
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Flag of the German Empire.svg  Walter Brack  (GER)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Georg Hoffmann  (GER)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Georg Zacharias  (GER)
440 yard breaststroke
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Flag of the German Empire.svg  Georg Zacharias  (GER)Flag of the German Empire.svg  Walter Brack  (GER)US flag 45 stars.svg  Jam Handy  (USA)
4×50 yard freestyle relay
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US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
New York Athletic Club
Joe Ruddy
Leo Goodwin
Louis Handley
Charles Daniels
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Chicago Athletic Association
David Hammond
Bill Tuttle
Hugo Goetz
Raymond Thorne
US flag 45 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Missouri Athletic Club
Amedee Reyburn
Gwynne Evans
Marquard Schwarz
Bill Orthwein

Participating nations

32 swimmers from 5 nations competed.

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 Gailey was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, but later emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1906. For the 1904 Olympics, he was sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially counts Gailey's four medals for the United States.

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