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Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 29, 1904
Date Finished: August 29, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA John Flanagan
Silver: USA John DeWitt
Bronze: USA Ralph Rose


[John Flanagan] had won over ten national titles in all, counting America, Britain, and Ireland. He was also the defending Olympic champion and the heavy favorite. His chief rivals were expected to be [John DeWitt], IC4A champion from 1901 through 1904, and [Ralph Rose]. There were reports that Rose had recently thrown 190 feet in practice in California. The most notable absences were Alfred Plaw, who had delivered a rare defeat to Flanagan at the 1904 AAU meet; and [Tom Nicolson], Britain's AAA champion in 1903-04.

Throwing from a seven-foot circle, and using two turns, Flanagan opened with 168'1", which eventually proved to be the winning mark. Rose and DeWitt also made their best efforts on their first throw, Rose using but a single turn.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 John Flanagan 36 United States USA Gold 51.23 168-1 OR
2 John DeWitt 22 United States USA Silver 50.26 164-11
3 Ralph Rose 20 United States USA Bronze 45.73 150-0½
4 Charles Chadwick 29 United States USA 42.78 140-4½
5 Jim Mitchel 40 United States USA
6 Albert Johnson 25 United States USA