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1904 Olympic Games St. Louis, United States - Men's 2590 m Steeplechase



Host City: St. Louis, United States Format: Final only.
Date Started: August 29, 1904
Date Finished: August 29, 1904
(Competitors: 7; Countries: 2)
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Overview by IAAF  Francis_Field_1904.jpg
Daly was the favourite, and led the field by 10y after one lap, and by 40y after two 455m circuits he was 60y clear, but then Lightbody began to pull back the lead. He leapt off the top of the water jump without touching the water, even though it was 4.3m across compared with the current specification of 3.66m. He caught the tiring Daly in the last lap, and won going away by 100y, with Newton 30y behind the Irishman. For Lightbody it was his debut in a steeplechase, and the first of his three victories in St Louis.
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The runners had to clear several hurdles and a 14-foot water jump on each lap. The distance was usually listed as 2,500 metres for many years in various books, but several St. Louis newspapers are clear that the distance was 2,590 metres.
The favorite was the Irishman, John Daly, while the top American runner, Jim Lightbody, was contesting his first steeplechase. After one lap, Daly led by 10 yards over Harvey Cohn, with Lightbody in second, another 10 yards back. After two laps, Daly had opened up a 40-yard lead, and he still led going to the last lap, though the margin is given variously as either 15 or 60 yards. At this point, Daly balked at the water jump, and must have virtually collapsed, for not only was he caught by Lightbody on the last lap, but Lightbody pulled away to win by about 100 yards. Arthur Newton, who had never contended, finished third, another 30 yards behind Daly.
Jim Lightbody attended the University of Chicago and represented the Chicago AA. Although he won three gold medals at the 1904 Olympics, he was relatively unknown prior to that time. After winning the 880 yard/mile double at the 1905 AAU championships, he repeated his 1500 metre victory at the 1906 Athens Games, but failed by a narrow margin to defend the 800 metre crown.
The distance of this race was 2500 metres and the track was 500 metres in circumference.
2590 m Steeplechase Men Final 29 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 7.39.6 Jim Lightbody United States USA 22
2 7.40.6 John Daly Great Britain GBR 24
3 7.45.6 Arthur Newton United States USA 21 30 yds bh2
4 Bill Verner United States USA 21
AC Harvey Cohn United States USA 19
AC David Munson United States USA 20
AC Richard Sanford United States USA 26




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