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1904 Olympic Games St. Louis, United States - Men's 200 m Hurdles



Host City: St. Louis, United States Format: Final only.
Date Started: September 1, 1904
Date Finished: September 1, 1904
(Competitors: 5; Countries: 1)
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Overview by IAAF  Francis_Field_1904.jpg
Hillman was pressed until the last hurdle by Castleman, and gained most of his winning margin on the run-in. The silver medallist, aged 17 years 168 days, became the second-youngest ever male Olympic athletics medallist. Poage’s third place was the first Olympic track medal placing for a black athlete.
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Yale's Edwin Clapp, the 1901, 1903 and 1904 IC4A champion, was again not present, which left the title basically up for grabs. Harry Hillman had won the AAU title in this event in 1902 and been the runner-up in 1904, and was probably a weak favorite off that record. Hillman and George Poage fought it out as they had in the 400 metre hurdles, with Hillman winning by about two yards, most of it gained on the final run-in.
For Harry Hillman it was his third individual gold medal of the Olympics. He would later compete at both the 1906 and 1908 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 1908 400 metre hurdles. In 1910, Hillman began a coaching career at Dartmouth which lasted until his death in 1945. With fellow 1904 Olympian Lawson Robertson, Hillman is still listed as the co-holder of the fastest time for the three-legged 100 yard race - 11.0 seconds.
 Harry Hillman set a new Olympic record with 24.6 seconds. As the competition has been discontinued, his Olympic record still stands
200 m Hurdles Men Final 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 24.6 Harry Hillman United States USA 22 OR
2 24.9 Frank Castleman United States USA 27
3 George Poage United States USA 23
4 George Varnell United States USA 21
5 Fred Schule United States USA 24




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