Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles
|Men's 400 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the III Olympiad
|Competitors||4 from 1 nation|
|Winning time||53.0 OR|
|Athletics at the|
1904 Summer Olympics
|110 m hurdles||men|
|200 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|2590 m steeplechase||men|
|4 mile team race||men|
|Standing long jump||men|
|Standing triple jump||men|
|Standing high jump||men|
|56 pound weight throw||men|
The men's 400 metres hurdles was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second time the event was held. Four athletes from the United States participated. The competition was held on August 31, 1904. The event was won by Harry Hillman, with Frank Waller taking silver and George Poage bronze.
This was the second time the event was held. Introduced along with the men's 200 metres hurdles in 1900, the men's 400 metres hurdles was the only one of the two new hurdles events in 1900–1904 that would stay on the programme long-term, joining the 110 metres hurdles that had been contested in 1896. The 400 metres version would be held in 1900, 1904, and 1908 before being left off for one Games in 1912; when the Olympics returned after World War I, the men's 400 metres hurdles was back and would continue to be contested at every Games thereafter.
The United States was the only nation competing, making its second appearance.
The competition consisted of a single round, with only four hurdlers competing. The hurdles used were the low (2.5 feet high) hurdles typical of the 200 metres hurdles event rather than the 3-foot hurdles standard for the 400 metres hurdles event.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1904 Summer Olympics.
|World record||Jerome Buck (USA)||56.4*||New York City, United States||19 September 1896|
|Olympic record||Walter Tewksbury (USA)||57.6**||Paris, France||15 July 1900|
* unofficial 440 yards (= 402.34 m)
** This track was 500 metres in circumference.
Harry Hillman's time of 53.0 seconds was ineligible for world record consideration because he knocked down a hurdle.
|Wednesday, 31 August 1904||Final|
|Harry Hillman||United States||53.0||OR|
|Frank Waller||United States||53.2|
|George Poage||United States||56.8|
|4||George Varnell||United States||Unknown|
|—||Charles Bacon||United States||DNS|
|Edward Cairns||United States||DNS|
|Frank Castleman||United States||DNS|
|Edwin Clapp||United States||DNS|
|Will Gunn||New Zealand||DNS|
|Harry Halleck||United States||DNS|
|Frederick Schule||United States||DNS|
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