Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 2590 metres steeplechase

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The men's 2590 metres steeplechase was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the only time the event was held at the 2590 metre distance, though the 1900 Summer Olympics had featured a similar event in the 2500 metre steeplechase. The competition was held on August 29, 1904. 7 athletes from 2 nations competed.[1]

Men's 2590 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the III Olympiad
VenueFrancis Field
DatesAugust 29
Competitors7 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) James Lightbody  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) John Daly  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Newton  United States


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1904 Summer Olympics.

World Record none
Olympic Record 7:34.4(*)   George Orton Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) The distance of this race was 2500 metres and the track was 500 metres in circumference.



Place Athlete Time
1   James Lightbody (USA) 7:39.6
2   John Daly (GBR) 7:40.6
3   Arthur Newton (USA) 7:45.6
4   Frank Verner (USA)
5-7   Harvey Cohn (USA)
  David Munson (USA)
  Richard Sanford (USA)


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis: Men's 2,590 metres Steeplechase". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2017.