Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 1, 1904
Date Finished: September 1, 1904
Format: Final only.
Yale's Edwin Clapp, the 1901, 1903 and 1904 IC4A champion, was again not present, which left the title basically up for grabs. Harry Hillman had won the AAU title in this event in 1902 and been the runner-up in 1904, and was probably a weak favorite off that record. Hillman and George Poage fought it out as they had in the 400 metre hurdles, with Hillman winning by about two yards, most of it gained on the final run-in.
For Harry Hillman it was his third individual gold medal of the Olympics. He would later compete at both the 1906 and 1908 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 1908 400 metre hurdles. In 1910, Hillman began a coaching career at Dartmouth which lasted until his death in 1945. With fellow 1904 Olympian Lawson Robertson, Hillman is still listed as the co-holder of the fastest time for the three-legged 100 yard race - 11.0 seconds.