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Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's 56-pound Weight Throw

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 1, 1904
Date Finished: September 1, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: CAN Ã‰tienne Desmarteau
Silver: USA John Flanagan
Bronze: USA Jim Mitchel


This was expected to be one of the few international battles, as [John Flanagan] and Canada's [Étienne Desmarteau] were co-favorites. They had met once, at the 1902 AAU meet, and Desmarteau had beaten Flanagan at that time. In July of 1904, Flanagan had broken the world record with 40'2), but this was with an unlimited run-and-follow, while at St. Louis the weight was thrown from a seven-foot circle.

[Ralph Rose] opened the proceedings with a foul, and Desmarteau followed with 34'4). This eventually proved to be the winning mark, as Flanagan also followed with his best throw, 33'4). It was a warm day, and Flanagan was reported to be suffering from the flu, which may have hurt him a bit. An infection treated Étienne Desmarteau, however, much more severely. Within a year, he was dead of typhoid fever.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 Étienne Desmarteau 31 Canada CAN Gold 10.46 34-4
2 John Flanagan 36 United States USA Silver 10.16 33-4
3 Jim Mitchel 40 United States USA Bronze 10.13 33-3
4 Charles Hennemann 38 United States USA 9.18 30-1½
5 Charles Chadwick 29 United States USA
6 Ralph Rose 20 United States USA 8.53est 28-0est