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Cycling at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's ½ mile

Cycling at the 1904 Summer Games:


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: August 2, 1904
Date Finished: August 2, 1904

Gold: USA Marcus Hurley
Silver: USA Teddy Billington
Bronze: USA Burton Downing


The half-mile competition was the first Olympic event held in 1904. [Marcus Hurley] won it in convincing style with the big surprise being [Teddy Billington] defeating [Burton Downing] for second. Four heats were contested, won by Hurley, [Aimé Fritz], Downing and Billington. The semi-finals went to Hurley and Billington. In the final, Billington was on the pole with Hurley next to him, Downing in third position, and [George Wiley] on the outer lane. Wiley set the pace for the first quarter of a mile at which time all three cyclists passed him easily. Hurley stayed on the pole in the stretch and won by a length and a half over Billington who defeated Downing by almost two lengths.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marcus Hurley 20 United States USA Gold
2 Teddy Billington 21 United States USA Silver
3 Burton Downing 19 United States USA Bronze
4 George Wiley 23 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Aimé Fritz 20 United States USA
AC h1 r2/3 Charles Schlee 30 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Fred Grinham 22 United States USA
AC h2 r2/3 Harry Wittmann 18 United States USA
3 h1 r1/3 Arthur Andrews 27 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Oscar Goerke 21 United States USA
3 h3 r1/3 Anthony Williamsen 24 United States USA
3 h4 r1/3 Leo Larson United States USA