Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

The men's 5000 metres was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Its distance was the median of the individual event distances. Each nation could enter up to 12 cyclists.[1]

Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueWhite City Stadium
DatesJuly 17–18
Competitors42 from 9 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Benjamin Jones  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Maurice Schilles  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) André Auffray  France

Competition formatEdit

The 5000 metres was a sprint-style race, though considerably longer than modern sprints. The time limit for the race was 9 minutes, 25 seconds. The competition was conducted in two rounds (semifinals and a final). The semifinal round comprised 7 semifinals, each with up to 9 cyclists. The winning cyclist in each semifinal advanced to the final, so long as the time limit was not exceeded.



The best cyclist in each of the 7 semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Johannes van Spengen   Netherlands 8:39.8 Q
2 Daniel Flynn   Great Britain Unknown
3 Guglielmo Malatesta   Italy Unknown
4 Pierre Seginaud   France Unknown
William Bailey   Great Britain DNF

Semifinal 2Edit

Demangel had finished first by inches, but was disqualified for fouling.[2]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Émile Marechal   France 9:01.4 Q
2 Frederick McCarthy   Canada Unknown
3 Antonie Gerrits   Netherlands Unknown
Ernest Payne   Great Britain DNF
Émile Demangel   France DSQ

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 André Auffray   France 8:56.8 Q
2 Hermann Martens   Germany Unknown
3 Philipus Frylink   South Africa Unknown
4 Bruno Götze   Germany Unknown
5 William Morton   Canada Unknown

Semifinal 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein   Netherlands 8:42.8 Q
2 W. F. Magee   Great Britain Unknown
3 Pierre Texier   France Unknown
4 T. H. E. Passmore   South Africa Unknown
André Poulain   France DNF

Semifinal 5Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Benjamin Jones   Great Britain 9:08.8 Q
2 Karl Neumer   Germany Unknown
3 Cesare Zanzottera   Italy Unknown
4-9 Georgius Damen   Netherlands Unknown
Gaston Delaplane   France Unknown
Max Götze   Germany Unknown
J. L. Lavery   Great Britain Unknown
Frank Shore   South Africa Unknown
Richard Villepontoux   France Unknown

Semifinal 6Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Clarence Kingsbury   Great Britain 8:53.0 Q
2 Guglielmo Morisetti   Italy Unknown
3 Dorus Nijland   Netherlands Unknown
4 G. Dreyfus   France Unknown
5-6 Walter Andrews   Canada Unknown
Albert Calvert   Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 7Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Maurice Schilles   France 7:55.4 Q
2 C. V. Clark   Great Britain Unknown
3 William Anderson   Canada Unknown
4-7 Guillaume Coeckelberg   Belgium Unknown
Rudolf Katzer   Germany Unknown
Georges Perrin   France Unknown
Floris Venter   South Africa Unknown


Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Benjamin Jones   Great Britain 8:36.2
  Maurice Schilles   France Unknown
  André Auffray   France Unknown
4 Émile Marechal   France Unknown
5 Clarence Kingsbury   Great Britain Unknown
6 Johannes van Spengen   Netherlands Unknown
7 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein   Netherlands Unknown


  1. ^ Official Report, p. 33.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 117.


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Cycling 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].