| Event type

Hammer Throw, Men

Date29 August 1904
LocationFrancis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Participants6 from 1 countries
FormatFinal only.

John Flanagan had won over ten national titles in all, counting America, Britain, and Ireland. He was also the defending Olympic champion and the heavy favorite. His chief rivals were expected to be John DeWitt, IC4A champion from 1901 through 1904, and Ralph Rose. There were reports that Rose had recently thrown 190 feet in practice in California. The most notable absences were Alfred Plaw, who had delivered a rare defeat to Flanagan at the 1904 AAU meet; and Tom Nicolson, Britain’s AAA champion in 1903-04.

Throwing from a seven-foot circle, and using two turns, Flanagan opened with 168’1”, which eventually proved to be the winning mark. Rose and DeWitt also made their best efforts on their first throw, Rose using but a single turn.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistanceDistance (Imp.)
1148John FlanaganUSA51.23168-1GoldOR
2102John DeWittUSA50.26164-11Silver
374Ralph RoseUSA45.73150-0½Bronze
4156Charles ChadwickUSA42.78140-4½
5167Jim MitchelUSA
6130Albert JohnsonUSA