Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres
The men's 200 metre race was held for the third time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The competition was held from 21 to 23 July 1908. NOCs could enter up to 12 athletes. 43 sprinters from 15 nations competed.
|Men's 200 metres|
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Dates||21 July (quarterfinals) |
22 July (semifinals)
23 July (final)
|Competitors||43 from 15 nations|
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||21.4(*)||Jim Maybury||Chicago (USA)||5 June 1897|
|Olympic Record||21.6(**)||Archie Hahn||St. Louis (USA)||31 August 1904|
(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)
(**) straight course
The winner of each heat advanced, with all others eliminated. Heats were held on 21 July 1908.
George led by ten yards when he crossed the finish line.
|1||John George||Great Britain||23.4 seconds|
|2||Victor Henny||Netherlands||(24.6 seconds)|
In a tight race, Huff barely beat Duffy, crossing the line with a lead of less than two yards.
|1||Harold Huff||United States||22.8 seconds|
|2||Edward Duffy||South Africa||(23.2 seconds)|
|3||Henk van der Wal||Netherlands||Unknown|
Roche won by a mere yard.
|1||Patrick Roche||Great Britain||22.8 seconds|
|2||Lawson Robertson||United States||(23.0 seconds)|
Cartmell won by about two yards.
|1||Nate Cartmell||United States||23.0 seconds|
|2||Vilmos Rácz||Hungary||(23.3 seconds)|
Malfait had about a four-yard lead when he finished.
|1||Georges Malfait||France||22.6 seconds|
|2||Robert Duncan||Great Britain||(23.1 seconds)|
Laaftman won by two yards.
|1||Sven Låftman||Sweden||23.8 seconds|
|2||Frigyes Wiesner||Hungary||(24.0 seconds)|
There was no competition for Radóczy in the seventh heat.
Cloughen had a comfortable six-yard lead when he crossed the finish line.
|1||Robert Cloughen||United States||23.4 seconds|
|2||Umberto Barrozzi||Italy||(24.1 seconds)|
Hurdsfield led by a yard and a half at the finish.
|1||Samuel Hurdsfield||Great Britain||23.6 seconds|
|2||Mikhail Paskalides||Greece||(24.0 seconds)|
Hamilton's margin of victory was three yards.
|1||William Hamilton||United States||22.4 seconds|
|2||Louis Sebert||Canada||(22.8 seconds)|
|3||Henry Pankhurst||Great Britain||Unknown|
Kerr's victory was by about three yards.
|1||Robert Kerr||Canada||22.2 seconds|
|2||William W. May||United States||(22.7 seconds)|
|3||James P. Stark||Great Britain||Unknown|
Sherman led by two yards when he finished.
|1||Nathaniel Sherman||United States||22.8 seconds|
|2||John W. Morton||Great Britain||(23.1 seconds)|
|4||Cornelis den Held||Netherlands||Unknown|
Reed won by two and a half yards.
|1||Lionel Reed||Great Britain||23.2 seconds|
|2||Arthur Hoffmann||Germany||(23.5 seconds)|
Guttormsen was the second runner to win without competition.
The race was extremely tight until the final straightaway, where Hawkins pulled away to win.
|1||George Hawkins||Great Britain||22.8 seconds|
|2||Henri Meslot||France||(23.2 seconds)|
The semifinal round was held on 22 July 1908, a day after the heats. The winners of each semifinal advanced to the final, with the other runners being knocked out of competition.
The first semifinal featured both of the runners who had won via walkover in the heats. There was very little room separating the lead three runners, with Kerr about nine inches in front of Hamilton and twelve ahead of Radoczy.
|1||Robert Kerr||Canada||22.6 seconds|
|2||William Hamilton||United States||(22.7 seconds)|
|3||Károly Radóczy||Hungary||(22.8 seconds)|
This all-American heat was also close, but not as close as the first. Cartmell won by about five feet.
|1||Nate Cartmell||United States||22.6 seconds|
|2||Nathaniel Sherman||United States||(22.9 seconds)|
|3||Harold Huff||United States||(23.0 seconds)|
Cloughen finally pulled ahead of Reed three-quarters of the way into the race, holding onto the lead until the finish.
|1||Robert Cloughen||United States||22.6 seconds|
|2||Lionel Reed||Great Britain||(22.8 seconds)|
|3||John George||Great Britain||Unknown|
|4||Samuel Hurdsfield||Great Britain||Unknown|
Låftman was forced to scratch due to an injury. The three runners broke apart in the last ten metres, with Hawkins winning by a foot.
|1||George Hawkins||Great Britain||22.6 seconds|
|2||Patrick Roche||Great Britain||(22.6 seconds)|
|—||Sven Låftman||Sweden||Did not start|
The final was held on 23 July 1908. The top three were within two feet of each other, as Kerr's early lead evaporated in the straight. He was able to hang onto nine inches, however, and defeated Cloughen by that small margin.
|Robert Kerr||Canada||22.6 seconds|
|Robert Cloughen||United States||(22.6 seconds)|
|Nate Cartmell||United States||(22.7 seconds)|
|4||George Hawkins||Great Britain||(22.9 seconds)|
- Official report, p. 32.
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