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Gymnastics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's Horse Vault

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: October 28, 1904
Date Finished: October 28, 1904
Format: Each competitor performed three exercises, all optional. Each exercise was judged by three judges on a 0-5 scale, giving a maximum of 15 points for each exercise. Overall maximum was 45 points.

Gold: USA George Eyser
USA Anton Heida
Bronze: USA William Merz

Summary

Each competitor performed three optional exercises, which were judged by three judges on a 0-5 scale, giving a maximum of 15 points for each exercise, and an overall maximum of 45 points. Full results are not available and only three scores are known in this event. John Bissinger had won the AAU Championship on vault in 1900-01 and 1903. He competed in July at the Olympic Turnverein Gymnastics competition but does not appear to have been in St. Louis for the October Swedish Gymnastics events. In his absence Anton Heida and George Eyser tied for first, well ahead of third-placed William Merz. Eyser competed despite a wooden leg, having lost the limb as a youth. Heida had won the AAU title in this event in 1902.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1T Anton Heida 25 United States USA Gold 36
1T George Eyser 33 United States USA Gold 36
3 William Merz 26 United States USA Bronze 31