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Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 3, 1904
Date Finished: September 3, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Jim Lightbody
Silver: USA Bill Verner
Bronze: USA Lacey Hearn


This race was mostly noteworthy for the athletes not in attendance, primarily Alfred Shrubb of Britain, the 1903 and 1904 AAA champion, and four-time AAU mile champion [Alex Grant] from Penn. Off past records, the favorite among those present had to be [David Munson], the 1904 champion in both the IC4A and the AAU meet, but he would prove to be a disappointment.

The race began with [Harvey Cohn] and [Peter Deer] taking the lead, with [Bill Verner] third for most of the first lap. Deer dropped back on the second circuit and at the bell, it was Cohn, Verner and [Jim Lightbody], in that order, with Munson struggling in fourth place. On the backstretch, Lightbody made easy work of the field and coasted in a victor by six yards, Verner held onto second and was followed by [Lacey Hearn] who closed fast to take third. Lightbody's time was 4:05.4, which was a )world record,) but was equivalent only to a 4:25.7 mile, far inferior to the world amateur record of 4:15.6 held by Tom Conneff.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Jim Lightbody 22 United States USA Gold 4:05.4 WR
2 Bill Verner 21 United States USA Silver 4:06.8
3 Lacey Hearn 23 United States USA Bronze
4 David Munson 20 United States USA
5 Johannes Runge 26 Germany GER
6 Peter Deer 25 Canada CAN
7 Howard Valentine 22 United States USA
8 Harvey Cohn 19 United States USA
9 Charles Bacon 19 United States USA