Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 31, 1904
Date Finished: August 31, 1904
Format: Final only.
[Harry Hillman] led from start to finish and had the race well in hand until the eighth hurdle. He hit that hurdle very hard, almost falling, and [Frank Waller] caught him at the ninth hurdle. Somehow, Hillman regained his momentum and took the run-in by two yards. In third place, [George Poage] won what is usually described as the first Olympic medal ever won by a black man, but on the same afternoon [Joseph Stadler] was winning a silver medal in the standing high jump, and in 1900, a black man had competed in the tug-of-war for France, winning a silver medal.
Hillman's time could not qualify as a world record for two reasons: 1) he knocked over a hurdle, which in those days invalidated hurdle marks for record purposes, and 2) the hurdles used were only 2'6" high, as opposed to the event standard of three feet.