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Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's 440 Yard Breaststroke

Swimming at the 1904 Summer Games:

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 7, 1904
Date Finished: September 7, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: GER Georg Zacharias
Silver: GER Walter Brack
Bronze: USA Jam Handy

Summary

Originally only three Germans were going to compete in the 440-yard breaststroke, as it was an event rarely contested in the United States at that time. Jam Handy entered at the last second because he saw a chance for himself to win a medal at the Olympics. He narrowly defeated Georg Hoffmann and won a bronze medal. Germany's Georg Zacharias easily defeated his countryman, Walter Brack by about five metres to win the gold medal.

Jam Handy's medal would later earn him some fame as, born in 1886, he lived until 1983, and was the last surviving medalist of the 1904 Olympic Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Georg Zacharias 20 Germany GER Gold 7:23.6
2 Walter Brack 23 Germany GER Silver at 5 metres
3 Jam Handy 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Georg Hoffmann Germany GER