Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Finish of 400 m running event at the 1904 Summer Olympics.jpg
Finish of 400 metres
Venue Francis Field
Dates August 29
Competitors 12 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Hillman  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frank Waller  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Herman Groman  United States
← 1900
1908 →

The men's 400 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. 12 athletes from 3 nations participated. The competition was held on August 29, 1904.


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

World Record 47.8(*) United States Maxie Long New York (USA) September 29, 1900
Olympic Record 49.4(**) United States Maxie Long Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) 440 yards (= 402.34 m)

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

Harry Hillman set a new Olympic record with 49.2 seconds.


Place Athlete Time
1  Harry Hillman (USA) 49.2 OR
2  Frank Waller (USA) 49.9
3  Herman Groman (USA) 50.0
4  Joseph Fleming (USA)
5  Myer Prinstein (USA)
6  George Poage (USA)
7-12  Clyde Blair (USA)
 Percival Molson (CAN)
 Paul Pilgrim (USA)
 Johannes Runge (GER)
 George Underwood (USA)
 Howard Valentine (USA)