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Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's Plunge For Distance

Swimming at the 1904 Summer Games:


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 5, 1904
Date Finished: September 5, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Billy Dickey
Silver: USA Edgar Adams
Bronze: USA Budd Goodwin
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The plunge for distance was an unusual event, but was a common one in that era. It was based on the distance the athlete achieved with no attempt to propel himself after entering the water. There were five competitors, all American. Bill Dickey won the event easily with a distance of 62 feet 6 inches. The American record holder, Charles Pyrah, was far off form and finished fifth and last.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Billy Dickey 29 United States USA Gold 19.05
2 Edgar Adams 36 United States USA Silver 17.52
3 Budd Goodwin 20 United States USA Bronze 17.37
4 Newman Samuel 23 United States USA 16.76
5 Charles Pyrah United States USA 14.02