Great Britain at the
1904 Summer Olympics
NOCBritish Olympic Association
in St. Louis
Competitors3 in 1 sport
Ranked 6th
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Great Britain did not send a team to the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.[1] Numerous events were contested, of which only some were later recognised by the IOC as official Olympic events. Within these, three athletes representing Ireland participated, winning one gold and one silver medal; [2][3] since Ireland was part of the United Kingdom at the time, the IOC accordingly classifies these athletes as British.

With this classification, it should be mentioned that Tom Kiely, who won gold in the all-around athletics event, refused offers of a free trip and reimbursement of travel expenses from British and American officials, paid his own way, and was insistent that he represented Ireland. The disputed nationality of Kiely has historic importance in British Olympicism because it is his gold medal that allows Great Britain to claim to be the only nation to have won at least one gold at every Summer Games.[4]

John Holloway had emigrated from Bansha to the U.S. some years previously and, like Kiely, wore a green singlet with a shamrock while competing.[5] Holloway is counted as British by some statistics, whereas the Irish Whales (who represented U.S. clubs) are counted as American.


Further information: 1904 Summer Olympics medal table and List of 1904 Summer Olympics medal winners

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Tom Kiely Athletics Men's all-around July 4
 Silver John Daly Athletics Men's 2590 m steeplechase August 29

Results by event


Main article: Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics

Event Place Athlete Final
Men's 2590 metre steeplechase 2nd John Daly 7:40.6
Event Place Athlete Total score
Men's all-around 1st Tom Kiely 6036
4th John Holloway 5273


  1. ^ Lucas, p.15: "England [sic] and France did not send a single competitor to America"
  2. ^ Lucas, p.34: "John J. Daly, of Ireland, was the attraction"; p.40: "At the conclusion of the first day’s sport, a summing up of the points scored by the different countries competing showed that America led with a total of 80 points; Ireland was second with 4 points; Germany third with 3 points, and Hungary fourth with 2 points."
  3. ^ Spalding, p.205: "T. F. Keily [sic], Ireland, 6036 points"
  4. ^ IOC database: Great Britain medallists at 1904 Olympics
  5. ^ Keyes, Dermot (19 February 2010). "Ballyneale's Tom Kiely: a legendary all-rounder". Munster Express. Retrieved 1 September 2015.