Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 yard freestyle

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Men's 50 yard freestyle
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Venue Forest Park
Date September 6
Competitors 9 from 2 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Zoltán Halmay  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Scott Leary  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Charles Daniels  United States
(50 m) →
Swimming at the
1904 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
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Freestyle relay
4×50 yard men

The men's 50 yard freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the first time the short-distance event was held at the Olympics, and the only time the distance of 50 yards was used. Subsequent editions of the programme would use a distance of 50 metres, though the short sprint would not reappear until the 1988 Summer Olympics.

9 swimmers from 2 nations competed.



The top three finishers in each heat advanced to the final. The results of the non-advancing swimmers are unclear, but David Hammond, Edwin Swatek and Bill Orthwein are named by de Wael as possible competitors.

Heat 1
1.  Zoltán Halmay (HUN) 29.6 QF
2.  Leo Goodwin (USA) QF
3.  Raymond Thorne (USA) QF
4. Unknown
5. Unknown
Heat 2
1.  Scott Leary (USA) 28.2 QF
2.  Charles Daniels (USA) QF
3.  David Gaul (USA) QF
4. Unknown


Gold  Zoltán Halmay (HUN) 28.2
Silver  Scott Leary (USA) 28.2
Bronze  Charles Daniels (USA)
4.  David Gaul (USA)
5.  Leo Goodwin (USA)
6.  Raymond Thorne (USA)


  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's 50 yard Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 August 2016.