Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Frederick W. Schule of the Milwaukee Athletic Club winning the 110 meter hurdle race at the 1904 Olympics.jpg
The first heat of the 110 metres hurdles
Venue Francis Field
Dates September 3
Competitors 6 from 2 nations
Winning time 16.0
1st place, gold medalist(s) Fred Schule
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Thaddeus Shideler
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lesley Ashburner
 United States
←  1900
1908 β†’

The men's 110 metres hurdles was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third time the event was held. 6 hurdlers from 2 nations participated. The competition was held on September 3, 1904.[1] The event was won by Fred Schule of the United States, the third of five consecutive victories for the nation in the first five Olympic Games. It was also the second of four consecutive podium sweeps for the Americans in the event.


This was the third appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. None of the hurdlers from 1900 returned. Edwin Clapp was the 1903 and 1904 IC4A champion and the American favorite; he entered but did not start. Thaddeus Shideler had matched Alvin Kraenzlein's 120 yards hurdles world record. Fred Schule was the 1903 AAU champion, while Frank Castleman was the 1904 winner.[2]

Australia made its first appearance in the event. The United States made its third appearance, the only nation to compete in the 110 metres hurdles in each of the first three Games.

Competition format

There were two rounds: semifinals and a final. There were two semifinals, one with 2 runners and one with 4 runners after withdrawals. The top two runners in each of the semifinal heats advanced to the 4-man final.[2]


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

World Record 15.0(*) United States Thaddeus Shideler St. Louis (USA) June 11, 1904
Olympic Record 15.4 United States Alvin Kraenzlein Paris (FRA) July 14, 1900

(*) unofficial 120 yards (= 109.73 m)


Date Time Round
Saturday, 3 September 1904 Semifinals



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

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Fred Schule  United States 16.2 Q
2 Lesley Ashburner  United States Unknown Q
3 Ward McLanahan  United States Unknown
4 Corrie Gardner  Australia 16.4

McPherson withdrew his entry after finding out the hurdles were one foot lower than normal.[3]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Frank Castleman  United States 16.2 Q
2 Thaddeus Shideler  United States Unknown Q
β€” Leslie McPherson  Australia DNS
Edwin Clapp  United States DNS



  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "110 metres Hurdles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Leslie McPherson". Retrieved 18 June 2017.