Charles Pyrah

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Charles Pyrah was an American diver and swimmer who competed in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

Athletic Highlights

  • At the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, he finished 5th in a plunge for distance event at the age of 34 in 14.02 meters at Life Saving Exhibition Lake in Forest Park, St. Louis on 5 September 1904.
  • He set the United States' plunge record of 63 feet in 1902.

1904 Plunge for Distance

The plunge for distance was an unusual event, but was a common one in that era. It was based on the distance the athlete achieved with no attempt to propel himself after entering the water. There were five competitors at the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games, all American. [Bill Dickey] won the event easily with a distance of 62 feet 6 inches. The American record holder at the time, Charles Pyrah, was far off form and finished fifth and last.

Gold: Billy Dickey (USA, 29) 19.05 meters
Silver: Edgar Adams (USA, 36) 17.52 meters
Bronze: Budd Goodwin (USA, 20) 17.37 meters
4th: Newman Samuel (USA, 23) 16.76 meters
5th: Charles Pyrah (USA, 34) 14.02 meters

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