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Cycling at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's ½ mile

Cycling at the 1904 Summer Games:


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 2, 1904
Date Finished: August 2, 1904

Gold: USA Marcus Hurley
Silver: USA Teddy Billington
Bronze: USA Burton Downing
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The half-mile competition was the first Olympic event held in 1904. Marcus Hurley won it in convincing style with the big surprise being Teddy Billington defeating Burton Downing for second. Four heats were contested, won by Hurley, Aimé Fritz, Downing and Billington. The semi-finals went to Hurley and Billington. In the final, Billington was on the pole with Hurley next to him, Downing in third position, and George Wiley on the outer lane. Wiley set the pace for the first quarter of a mile at which time all three cyclists passed him easily. Hurley stayed on the pole in the stretch and won by a length and a half over Billington who defeated Downing by almost two lengths.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marcus Hurley 20 United States USA Gold
2 Teddy Billington 21 United States USA Silver
3 Burton Downing 19 United States USA Bronze
4 George Wiley 23 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Aimé Fritz 20 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Charles Schlee 30 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Fred Grinham 22 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Harry Wittmann 18 United States USA
3 h1 r1/3 Arthur Andrews 27 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Oscar Goerke 21 United States USA
3 h3 r1/3 Anthony Williamsen 24 United States USA
3 h4 r1/3 Leo Larson United States USA