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. There was a total of 32 participants from 4 countries competing.
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1904 Summer Olympics
The short sprint, at 50 yards (46 m), made its first Olympic appearance in 1904. The 100 returned after not being contested in 1900. The 1000 metres and 4000 metres were replaced with the much shorter 440 yards (400 m) and 1-mile (1,600 m) 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 100 yards (91 m) 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.
|Totals (4 nations)||9||9||9||27|
|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
New York Athletic Club
Chicago Athletic Association
Missouri Athletic Club
32 swimmers from 4 nations competed.
- Gailey was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, but later emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1906. For the 1904 Olympics, he was sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially counts Gailey's four medals for the United States.
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