Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Venue Francis Field
Dates September 1
Competitors 13 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) James Lightbody  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Howard Valentine  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Emil Breitkreutz  United States
← 1900
1908 →

The men's 800 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. 13 runners from 3 nations participated. The competition was held on September 1, 1904.


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

World Record 1:53.4(*) United States Charles Kilpatrick New York (USA) September 21, 1895
Olympic Record 1:59.0(**) United States David Hall Paris (FRA) July 14, 1900

(*) unofficial 880 yards (= 804.68 m)

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

James Lightbody set a new Olympic record with 1:56.0 minutes.


Place Athlete Time
1  James Lightbody (USA) 1:56.0 OR
2  Howard Valentine (USA) 1:56.3
3  Emil Breitkreutz (USA) 1:56.4
4  George Underwood (USA) 1:56.5+
5  Johannes Runge (GER) 1:57.1+
6  Frank Verner (USA)
7-13  George Bonhag (USA)
 Harvey Cohn (USA)
 Peter Deer (CAN)
 Lacey Hearn (USA)
 John J. Joyce (USA)
 John Peck (CAN)
 Paul Pilgrim (USA)

+ approximately