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 →
Athletics at the
1904 Summer Olympics
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Track events
60 m   men
100 m men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
200 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
2590 m steeplechase men
4 mile team race men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing triple jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men
56 pound weight throw men
Combined events
Triathlon men
All-around men

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)