swimming event

Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics

At the 1904 Summer Olympics, nine swimming events were contested, all for men. The 1904 swimming competition was the only time in Olympic history that racing distances were measured in yards. The competition was held September 4–6, 1904.

The short sprint, at , made its first appearance. The 100 returned after not being contested in 1900. The 1000 metres and 4000 metres were replaced with the much shorter and events, making the 200 the only freestyle event to be held for the second time in a row.

The 200 metre backstroke was shortened to and the team swimming event was replaced with a 4×50 yard freestyle relay. The obstacle course and underwater swimming events were eliminated, while breaststroke made its Olympic debut.

Medal summary

50 yard freestyle
100 yard freestyle
220 yard freestyle
440 yard freestyle
880 yard freestyle
1 mile freestyle
100 yard backstroke
440 yard breaststroke
4×50 yard freestyle relay

The New York Athletic Club
Joseph Ruddy
Leo Goodwin
Louis Handley
Charles Daniels

Chicago Athletic Association
David Hammond
William Tuttle
Hugo Goetz
Raymond Thorne

Missouri Athletic Club
Amedee Reyburn
Gwynne Evans
Marquard Schwarz
William Orthwein

Participating nations

32 swimmers from 4 nations competed.

Medal table

1 4 2 2 8
2 3 6 5 14
3 2 1 1 4
4 0 0 1 1


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