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Games of the III Olympiad

The organizers repeated the same pattern of the 1900 organization. The Olympic competitions were spread out over four and a half months and were included in a World’s Fair. The 1904 Olympic Games were the first at which gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for first, second and third place. Boxing and freestyle wrestling made their debuts.

It was at the 1904 Games that Canada sent its first official team. The 43-member contingent came home with six medals – four gold, a silver and a bronze. Montreal policeman Etienne Desmarteau won the 56-pound weight throw to break the U.S. monopoly in the 22 track and field events. The Galt Football Club, from Ontario, was undefeated during the football (soccer) tournament, scoring 11 goals while allowing none, to win the gold medal. Canadian lacrosse teams took two medals – the Winnipeg Shamrocks won gold and the Mohawk Indians, bronze. Canada’s lone silver medal came from rowing in the men’s eights. Canada’s fourth gold medal was a convincing victory by golfer George Lyon, the only foreigner in a field of 76 American golfers.

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