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

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Venue Francis Field
Dates August 31
Competitors 4 from 1 nation
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Hillman  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frank Waller  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) George Poage  United States
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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. 4 athletes, all from the United States, participated. The competition was held on August 31, 1904.


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

World Record 56.4(*) United States Jerome Buck New York (USA) September 19, 1896
Olympic Record 57.6(**) United States Walter Tewksbury Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) unofficial 440 yards (= 402.34 m)

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

Harry Hillman ran 53.0 but he knocked over a hurdle and the hurdles were only 30 inches (76 cm) high.



Place Athlete Time
1  Harry Hillman (USA) 53.0
2  Frank Waller (USA) 53.2
3  George Poage (USA) (56.8)
4  George Varnell (USA)