Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the III Olympiad
VenueFrancis Field
DatesSeptember 3
Competitors9 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) James Lightbody  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frank Verner  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lacey Hearn  United States
← 1900
1908 →

The men's 1500 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third time the event was held. 9 runners from 3 nations participated. The competition was held on September 3, 1904.[1]


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1904 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:06.2(*)(**) United Kingdom Charles Bennett Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900
Olympic Record 4:06.2(**) United Kingdom Charles Bennett Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) unofficial

(**) This track was 500 metres in circumference.

James Lightbody set a new Olympic record and a new unofficial world record with 4:05.4 minutes.


Place Athlete Time
1  James Lightbody (USA) 4:05.4 OR
2  Frank Verner (USA) 4:06.8
3  Lacey Hearn (USA)
4  David Munson (USA)
5  Johannes Runge (GER)
6  Peter Deer (CAN)
7  Howard Valentine (USA)
8  Harvey Cohn (USA)
9  Charles Bacon (USA)


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Games: Men's 1500 metres". Retrieved 23 October 2017.