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Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's Plunge For Distance

Swimming at the 1904 Summer Games:


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Life Saving Exhibition Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis
Date Started: September 5, 1904
Date Finished: September 5, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Billy Dickey
Silver: USA Edgar Adams
Bronze: USA Budd Goodwin


The plunge for distance was an unusual event, but was a common one in that era. It was based on the distance the athlete achieved with no attempt to propel himself after entering the water. There were five competitors, all American. [Bill Dickey] won the event easily with a distance of 62 feet 6 inches. The American record holder, [Charles Pyrah], was far off form and finished fifth and last.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Billy Dickey 29 United States USA Gold 19.05
2 Edgar Adams 36 United States USA Silver 17.52
3 Budd Goodwin 20 United States USA Bronze 17.37
4 Newman Samuel 23 United States USA 16.76
5 Charles Pyrah United States USA 14.02