St. Louis 1904
Like the Paris Games before them, The 1904 St Louis Olympics were part of a larger event, the World Fair, and events were drawn out over four and a half months. The 1904 Olympic Games were the first at which gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for first, second and third place. Boxing, freestyle wrestling, decathlon and a dumbbells event all made their debuts on the programme.
Even so Len Tau and Jan Mashiani represented the first African participation in an Olympics. American gymnast George Eyser produced perhaps the most astounding individual performance by claiming six medals even despite possessing a wooden left leg. Great Britain's Tom Kiely won gold in the men's decathlon and John Daly claimed silver in the 3000m steeplechase.