Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the III Olympiad
VenueFrancis Field
DatesAugust 31
Competitors5 from 2 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Archie Hahn  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nathaniel Cartmell  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) William Hogenson  United States
← 1900
1908 →

The men's 200 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second time the 200 metres was contested. All races of this competition was held on a straight course. 5 athletes from 2 nations participated. The competition was held on August 31, 1904.


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

World Record 21.4(*) United States Jim Maybury Chicago (USA) June 5, 1897
Olympic Record 22.2(**) United States Walter Tewksbury Paris (FRA) July 22, 1900

(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)

(**) This track was 500 metres in circumference.

Archie Hahn at first equalized the standing Olympic record in the first heat. In the final he set a new Olympic record with 21.6 seconds.



The top two finishers in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Archie Hahn (USA) 22.2 =OR QF
2  Nathaniel Cartmell (USA) QF

Heat 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  William Hogenson (USA) 22.8 QF
2  Fay Moulton (USA) QF
3  Robert Kerr (CAN)


Cartmell, Hogenson and Moulton were all penalized one yard for false starts.

Place Athlete Time
1  Archie Hahn (USA) 21.6 OR
2  Nathaniel Cartmell (USA) 21.9
3  William Hogenson (USA)
4  Fay Moulton (USA)