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Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics

At the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London, England, 26 athletics events were contested, all for men only. A total of 79 medals (27 gold, 27 silver, 25 bronze) were awarded.

Each nation was allowed to enter up to 12 competitors in most of the events. In the team races (the medley relay and the 3 mile team race), each nation entered one team. The medley relay was run by four athletes, with four alternates allowed. In the 3 mile team race, five athletes from each nation ran with only three counting.

The competition was restricted to amateurs, and was held under the rules of the British Amateur Athletic Association.

Medal summaryEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Reggie Walker
  South Africa
James Rector
  United States
Robert Kerr
  Canada
200 metres
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Robert Kerr
  Canada
Robert Cloughen
  United States
Nate Cartmell
  United States
400 metres
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Wyndham Halswelle
  Great Britain
none awarded none awarded
800 metres
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Mel Sheppard
  United States
Emilio Lunghi
  Italy
Hanns Braun
  Germany
1500 metres
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Mel Sheppard
  United States
Harold Wilson
  Great Britain
Norman Hallows
  Great Britain
5 miles
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Emil Voigt
  Great Britain
Edward Owen
  Great Britain
John Svanberg
  Sweden
Marathon
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Johnny Hayes
  United States
Charles Hefferon
  South Africa
Joseph Forshaw
  United States
110 metres hurdles
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Forrest Smithson
  United States
John Garrels
  United States
Arthur Shaw
  United States
400 metres hurdles
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Charles Bacon
  United States
Harry Hillman
  United States
Jimmy Tremeer
  Great Britain
3200 metres steeplechase
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Arthur Russell
  Great Britain
Arthur Robertson
  Great Britain
John Eisele
  United States
Medley relay
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  United States (USA)
William Hamilton
Nate Cartmell
John Taylor
Mel Sheppard
  Germany (GER)
Arthur Hoffmann
Hans Eicke
Otto Trieloff
Hanns Braun
  Hungary (HUN)
Pál Simon
Frigyes Wiesner
József Nagy
Ödön Bodor
3 miles team race
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  Great Britain (GBR)
William Coales
Joe Deakin
Arthur Robertson
  United States (USA)
George Bonhag
John Eisele
Herbert Trube
  France (FRA)
Joseph Dreher
Louis de Fleurac
Paul Lizandier
3500 metres walk
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George Larner
  Great Britain
Ernest Webb
  Great Britain
Harry Kerr
  Australasia
10 miles walk
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George Larner
  Great Britain
Ernest Webb
  Great Britain
Edward Spencer
  Great Britain
Long jump
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Frank Irons
  United States
Daniel Kelly
  United States
Calvin Bricker
  Canada
Triple jump
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Tim Ahearne
  Great Britain
Garfield MacDonald
  Canada
Edvard Larsen
  Norway
High jump
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Harry Porter
  United States
Géo André
  France
none awarded
Con Leahy
  Great Britain
István Somodi
  Hungary
Pole vault
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Edward Cook
  United States
none awarded Edward Archibald
  Canada
Clare Jacobs
  United States
Alfred Gilbert
  United States
Bruno Söderström
  Sweden
Standing long jump
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Ray Ewry
  United States
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
  Greece
Martin Sheridan
  United States
Standing high jump
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Ray Ewry
  United States
John Biller
  United States
none awarded
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
  Greece
Shot put
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Ralph Rose
  United States
Denis Horgan
  Great Britain
John Garrels
  United States
Discus throw
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Martin Sheridan
  United States
Merritt Giffin
  United States
Bill Horr
  United States
Hammer throw
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John Flanagan
  United States
Matt McGrath
  United States
Con Walsh
  Canada
Javelin throw
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Eric Lemming
  Sweden
Arne Halse
  Norway
Otto Nilsson
  Sweden
Greek discus
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Martin Sheridan
  United States
Bill Horr
  United States
Verner Järvinen
  Finland
Freestyle javelin
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Eric Lemming
  Sweden
Michalis Dorizas
  Greece
Arne Halse
  Norway

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States1610834
2  Great Britain77317
3  Sweden2035
4  Canada1146
5  South Africa1102
6  Greece0303
7  Norway0123
8  France0112
  Germany0112
  Hungary0112
11  Italy0101
12  Australasia0011
  Finland0011
Totals (13 nations)27272579

EventsEdit

The 1908 Games were the first to feature race walking, with two different events held. Two different forms of javelin throwing also appeared, introducing the new throwing apparatus to the programme. The 60 metre short sprint was dropped from the programme, as was the middle hurdle distance. Steeplechasing was done at 3200 metres instead of the 2500 metres that had been included at the previous two editions; the team race also had its distance shortened. A short track relay event was added. The multi-discipline triathlon and decathlon events that had been held at the 1904 Games were both absent. An event featuring the discus, which had become a staple of Olympic athletics, was held in which throwers had to follow a very specific throwing style. Overall there was one more event on the 1908 programme than there had been in 1904.

CalendarEdit

   ●    Event competitions    ●    Event finals
July 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
100 metres
200 metres
400 metres
800 metres
1500 metres
110 metres hurdles
400 metres hurdles
3200 metres steeplechase
Medley relay
3 miles team race
5 miles
marathon
3500 metres walk ● ●
10 miles walk
Long jump
Triple jump
High jump
Pole vault
Standing long jump
Standing high jump
Shot put
Discus throw
Hammer throw
Javelin throw
Greek discus
Freestyle javelin
July 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th

Participating nationsEdit

446 athletes from 20 nations competed. Argentina and Turkey were the only two nations not to compete in athletics.

ReferencesEdit

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Athletics 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2006.

Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°13′39″E / 51.5136°N 0.2274°E / 51.5136; 0.2274