Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 6, 1904
Date Finished: September 6, 1904
Format: Final only.
There were seven swimmers in the mile swim, with four countries represented, which was almost unheard of for any event of the 1904 Olympics. For the first half of the race the swimmers contented themselves with a steady even pace and nobody took a significant lead. Near the end, [GÃ©za Kiss] (HUN) and [Emil Rausch] (GER) pulled away from the other competitors. Rausch easily then distanced himself from Kiss and won the race with a margin described in the papers as 65 feet and listed in some results as one minute and 10 seconds.