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Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 3, 1904
Date Finished: September 3, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Jim Lightbody
Silver: USA Bill Verner
Bronze: USA Lacey Hearn

Summary

This race was mostly noteworthy for the athletes not in attendance, primarily Alfred Shrubb of Britain, the 1903 and 1904 AAA champion, and four-time AAU mile champion Alex Grant from Penn. Off past records, the favorite among those present had to be David Munson, the 1904 champion in both the IC4A and the AAU meet, but he would prove to be a disappointment.

The race began with Harvey Cohn and Peter Deer taking the lead, with Bill Verner third for most of the first lap. Deer dropped back on the second circuit and at the bell, it was Cohn, Verner and Jim Lightbody, in that order, with Munson struggling in fourth place. On the backstretch, Lightbody made easy work of the field and coasted in a victor by six yards, Verner held onto second and was followed by Lacey Hearn who closed fast to take third. Lightbody's time was 4:05.4, which was a "world record," but was equivalent only to a 4:25.7 mile, far inferior to the world amateur record of 4:15.6 held by Tom Conneff.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jim Lightbody 22 United States USA Gold 4:05.4 WR
2 Bill Verner 21 United States USA Silver 4:06.8
3 Lacey Hearn 23 United States USA Bronze
4 David Munson 20 United States USA
5 Johannes Runge 26 Germany GER
6 Peter Deer Canada CAN
7 Howard Valentine 22 United States USA
8 Harvey Cohn 19 United States USA
9 Charles Bacon 19 United States USA