Not held in other editions
| Event type

½ mile, Men

Date 2 August 1904
LocationFrancis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Participants12 from 1 countries

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.

1Marcus HurleyUSAGold
2Teddy BillingtonUSASilver
3Burton DowningUSABronze
4George WileyUSA
AC h1 r2/3Aimé FritzUSA
AC h1 r2/3Charles SchleeUSA
AC h2 r2/3Fred GrinhamUSA
AC h2 r2/3Harry WittmannUSA
3 h1 r1/3Arthur AndrewsUSA
3 h2 r1/3Oscar GoerkeUSA
3 h3 r1/3Anthony WilliamsenUSA
3 h4 r1/3Leo LarsonUSA

Round One (2 August 1904)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

1Marcus HurleyUSA1:08.6Q
2George WileyUSAQ
3Arthur AndrewsUSA

Heat Two

1Aimé FritzUSA1:07.0Q
2Charles SchleeUSAQ
3Oscar GoerkeUSA

Heat Three

1Teddy BillingtonUSA1:18.6Q
2Harry WittmannUSAat 3 lengthsQ
3Anthony WilliamsenUSA

Heat Four

1Burton DowningUSA1:13.6Q
2Fred GrinhamUSAQ
3Leo LarsonUSA

Semi-Finals (2 August 1904)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Marcus HurleyUSA1:12.8Q
2George WileyUSAQ
ACAimé FritzUSA
ACCharles SchleeUSA

Heat Two

1Teddy BillingtonUSA1:09.0Q
2Burton DowningUSAat ½ lengthsQ
ACFred GrinhamUSA
ACHarry WittmannUSA

Final Round (2 August 1904)

1Marcus HurleyUSA1:09.0
2Teddy BillingtonUSAat 1½ lengths
3Burton DowningUSAat 2 lengths
4George WileyUSA