1903 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football edit

College championship

Professional championships


Association football edit







Athletics edit

Australian rules football edit

VFL Premiership

Baseball edit

World Series


Boxing edit


Lineal world champions[3]

Cricket edit





West Indies

Cycling edit

Tour de France

Figure skating edit

World Figure Skating Championships

Golf edit

Major tournaments

Other tournaments

Horse racing edit






Ice hockey edit

Stanley Cup


Motor racing edit

Paris-Madrid Trail

  • The Paris-Madrid Trail is run on 24 May with a scheduled distance of 1014 km. It is a disastrous event which causes at least eight deaths including those of drivers Marcel Renault and Claude Barrow. The race is stopped by the authorities at Bordeaux. It is in retrospect sometimes referred to as the VIII Grand Prix de l'ACF.[6] Fernand Gabriel (France) is the first to reach Bordeaux in his Mors.
  • Road racing is banned as a result and the legacy of the event is the introduction of circuits, the first being opened at Le Mans in 1906 for the inaugural French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF).

Gordon Bennett Cup

  • Fourth running of the Gordon Bennett Cup takes place in Ireland due to road racing being illegal in Great Britain, the scheduled host. The location is the roads around Athy, County Kildare, and the winner is Camille Jenatzy (Belgium) driving a Mercedes
  • It is at the 1903 Gordon Bennett cup that international racing colours are formally adopted with Italy taking red, Germany white, France blue and Great Britain taking its British racing green (BRG) for the first time. The British choice of green is partly due to the event being held in Ireland, which at the time is part of the UK, and to precedent as the winning Napier of 1902 had been painted olive green.

Ardennes Circuit

  • Second running of the Ardennes Circuit race around Bastogne is won by Pierre de Crawhez driving a Panhard-Levassor 70 hp in a time of 5:52:07. The total distance is 512.05 km (85.34 km x 6 laps).

Rowing edit

The Boat Race

Rugby league edit


Rugby union edit

Home Nations Championship

Speed skating edit

Speed Skating World Championships

Tennis edit




Davis Cup

Yacht racing edit

America's Cup

References edit

  1. ^ "Scottish Cup Past Winners | Scottish Cup | Scottish FA". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ Boston Athletic Association (2011). "Boston Marathon History: 1901-1905". www.baa.org. Boston: Boston Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2011-02-21. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone
  4. ^ "Cycling-Tour de France list of winners". Eurosport UK. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Epsom Derby | History, Winners, & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  6. ^ 1903 Grand Prix and Paris Races Archived 2013-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 12 September 2009.
  7. ^ The St. Louis Republic September 04 1903 Reliance Alone Finishes Last Race For Cup