Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

The men's 110 metres hurdles was the shorter of two hurdling events at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It was dominated by the American runners. The competition was held from Thursday, July 23, 1908 to Saturday, July 25, 1908. 25 hurdlers from ten nations competed.[1] NOCs could enter up to 12 athletes.[2]

Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueWhite City Stadium
DatesJuly 23 (quarterfinals)
July 24 (semifinals)
July 25 (final)
Competitors25 from 10 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Forrest Smithson  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) John Garrels  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Shaw  United States
← 1904
1912 →

Ten sets of hurdles were set on the course. The hurdles were 3 feet, 6 inches (1.07m) tall and were placed ten yards (9.144m) apart beginning fifteen yards (13.716m) from the starting line.

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 15.0(*)   Thaddeus Shideler St. Louis (USA) June 11, 1904
Olympic Record 15.4   Alvin Kraenzlein Paris (FRA) July 14, 1900

(*) unofficial 120 yards (= 109.73 m)

Forrest Smithson equalled the Olympic record when he ran 15.4 seconds in his semifinal. In the final he set the first official world record in this event with 15.0 seconds.

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The first round heats were held on July 23, 1908, making the short hurdles one of the last events to begin. The Americans won every race in which they competed. The British team also had a strong showing, winning any time that there was no American in the race.

Heat 1Edit

Healey won by four yards after leading from the start.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Alfred Healey   Great Britain 15.8 Q
2 Henry St Aubyn Murray   Australasia (16.3)
3 Doug Stupart   South Africa Unknown

Heat 2Edit

Garrels won by seven yards.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Garrels   United States 16.2 Q
2 Arthur Halligan   Great Britain (17.1)

Heat 3Edit

Groenings led by five yards at the finish.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Oswald Groenings   Great Britain 16.4 Q
2 Georgios Skoutarides   Greece (17.0)

Heat 4Edit

Kiely had no competition in the first round.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Laurence Kiely   Great Britain Walkover Q

Heat 5Edit

Rand and Powell were even for most of the race. Powell hit the ninth hurdle, slowing him just enough for Rand to take the lead and win.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 William Rand   United States 15.8 Q
2 Kenneth Powell   Great Britain (16.2)
3 Ted Savage   Canada Unknown

Heat 6Edit

Lemming fell during the race, allowing Walters to win while easing up.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Wallis Walters   Great Britain 17.8 Q
Oscar Lemming   Sweden DNF

Heat 7Edit

The seventh heat was another in which there was no competition.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 William Knyvett   Great Britain Walkover Q

Heat 8Edit

Halbart won without competition.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Fernand Halbart   Belgium Walkover Q

Heat 9Edit

Ahearne was the fourth runner to win without a contest.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Tim Ahearne   Great Britain Walkover Q

Heat 10Edit

Smithson won by ten yards.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Forrest Smithson   United States 15.8 Q
2 Nándor Kovács   Hungary (17.2)

Heat 11Edit

Blijstad fell, allowing Hussey to win with a jog.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Eric Hussey   Great Britain 16.8 Q
Wilhelm Blijstad   Norway DNF

Heat 12Edit

Kinahan had an easy win by ten yards.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Cecil Kinahan   Great Britain 16.8 Q
2 Oscar Guttormsen   Norway (18.2)

Heat 13Edit

Howe and Leader were even over the hurdles, but Howe edged out Leader in the straight.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Leonard Howe   United States 15.8 Q
2 Edward Leader   Great Britain (16.1)

Heat 14Edit

Shaw won without a contest.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Arthur Shaw   United States Walkover Q

SemifinalsEdit

The semifinal round was held on July 24, 1908. Each of the four heats of the second round were won by American runners.

Semifinal 1Edit

Shaw took the lead at the first set of hurdles, finishing about five metres ahead of Hussey.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Arthur Shaw   United States 15.6 Q
2 Eric Hussey   Great Britain (16.5)
3 David Walters   Great Britain (16.9)
4 Oswald Groenings   Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 2Edit

Smithson had no trouble winning this heat, tying the Olympic record as he did so.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Forrest Smithson   United States 15.4 Q, =OR
2 William Knyvett   Great Britain (15.6)
3 Leonard Howe   United States (15.8)

Semifinal 3Edit

Healey led for most of the race, with Rand close behind, but Healey was unable to clear the ninth hurdle cleanly, allowing Rand to pass him and win by a foot.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 William Rand   United States 15.8 Q
2 Alfred Healey   Great Britain (15.9)
3 Laurence Kiely   Great Britain Unknown
4 Tim Ahearne   Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 4Edit

Halbert pulled up lame, and Garrels won by 15 yards.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Garrels   United States 15.8 Q
2 Cecil Kinahan   Great Britain (17.5)
Fernand Halbert   Belgium DNF

FinalEdit

Smithson pulled away from his countrymen at every set of hurdles to win by five meters and set a new world record.

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
  Forrest Smithson   United States 15.0 WR
  John Garrels   United States (15.7)
  Arthur Shaw   United States (15.8)
4 William Rand   United States (16.0)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ Official report, p. 32.

NotesEdit

  • 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 30 July 2006.
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 30 July 2006.