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Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's One Mile Freestyle

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 6, 1904
Date Finished: September 6, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: GER Emil Rausch
Silver: HUN Géza Kiss
Bronze: AUS Frank Gailey

Summary

There were seven swimmers in the mile swim, with four countries represented, which was almost unheard of for any event of the 1904 Olympics. For the first half of the race the swimmers contented themselves with a steady even pace and nobody took a significant lead. Near the end, Géza Kiss (HUN) and Emil Rausch (GER) pulled away from the other competitors. Rausch easily then distanced himself from Kiss and won the race with a margin described in the papers as 65 feet and listed in some results as one minute and 10 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Emil Rausch 21 Germany GER Gold 27:18.2
2 Géza Kiss 21 Hungary HUN Silver 28:28.2
3 Frank Gailey 22 Australia AUS Bronze 28:54.0
4 Otto Wahle 24 Austria AUT
AC John Meyers 24 United States USA DNF
AC Lou Handley 30 United States USA DNF
AC Edgar Adams 36 United States USA DNF