Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 220 yard freestyle

The men's 220 yard freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the Swimming at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the second time the event was held at the Olympics, though the only time yards were used instead of metres. The length, approximately 201 metres, was slightly longer than the 200 metres that had been held at the 1900 Summer Olympics and that would return at the 1968 Summer Olympics. It was held on 6 September in a man-made lake in Forest Park.[2] 4 swimmers from 3 nations competed. The event was won by Charles Daniels of the United States. Francis Gailey of Australia took silver, while Emil Rausch of Germany earned bronze. It was the first medal in the 200 metre/220 yard freestyle for each of the United States and Germany; Australia had received gold in 1900 (by Frederick Lane).

Men's 220 yard freestyle
at the Games of the III Olympiad
1904 Olympics- Finish of 220 yard swim competition.jpg
The finish of the competition, with Charles Daniels ahead of Francis Gailey
VenueForest Park
DateSeptember 6
Competitors4 from 3 nations
Winning time2:44.2
1st place, gold medalist(s) Charles Daniels  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Francis Gailey  Australia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Emil Rausch  Germany
← 1900
(200 m)
(200 m) →


This was the second appearance of the 200 metre/220 yard freestyle event. It was first contested in 1900. It would be contested a second time, though at 220 yards, in 1904. After that, the event did not return until 1968; since then, it has been on the programme at every Summer Games.[2]

None of the competitors from the 1900 Games returned.[2]

All three of the competing nations were making their second appearance, having previously competed in 1900.

Competition formatEdit

The event was held as a single race. Any stroke could be used.


The standing world and Olympic records (both for 200 metres) prior to this competition were as follows. Ruberl's Olympic record was set with assistance from the current of the Seine, as the swimming events in 1900 were swum downstream in that river.

200 metres
World record   Frederick Lane (AUS) 2:28.6 Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 18 August 1902
Olympic record   Karl Ruberl (HUN) 2:22.6* Paris, France 11 August 1900

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Tuesday, 6 September 1904 Final


The start of the race
Rank Swimmer Nation Time Notes
  Charles Daniels   United States 2:44.2
  Francis Gailey   Australia 2:46.0
  Emil Rausch   Germany 2:56.0
4 Edgar Adams   United States Unknown


  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's 220 yard Freestyle". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "220 yards Freestyle, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 June 2021.