Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 660 yards

The men's 660 yards was one of seven track cycling events on the Cycling at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. It was the shortest of the events. The 1908 Games was the only time when the 660 yards event was part of the Olympic cycling program.[1] Each nation could enter a maximum of 12 cyclists.[2]

Men's 660 yards
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueWhite City Stadium
DatesJuly 14–15
Competitors48 from 9 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Victor Johnson  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Émile Demangel  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Karl Neumer  Germany

Competition formatEdit

The 660 yards race was a sprint-style race that consisted of a single lap around the track. The time limit for the race was 1 minute, 10 seconds. The competition was conducted in three rounds (heats, semifinals, and a final). The first round featured 16 heats, with up to 4 cyclists each. The winning cyclist advanced to the semifinals, provided that the time limit was not exceeded. The semifinal round comprised 4 semifinals, each with 4 cyclists except that 1 was reduced to 3 cyclists because one of the heats had resulted in no winner under the time limit. Again, the winning cyclist in each semifinal advanced to the final.

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

One cyclist from each of the 16 heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Benjamin Jones   Great Britain 59.0 Q
2 Dorus Nijland   Netherlands Unknown

Heat 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 William Bailey   Great Britain 50.8 Q
2 Frederick McCarthy   Canada Unknown
3 Pierre Seginaud   France Unknown

Heat 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Clarence Kingsbury   Great Britain 57.4 Q
2 Rudolf Katzer   Germany Unknown
3 Georgius Damen   Netherlands Unknown

Heat 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Victor Johnson   Great Britain 56.2 Q
2 Jean Patou   Belgium Unknown
3 Richard Villepontoux   France Unknown

Heat 5Edit

The fifth heat was voided due to the two cyclists both exceeding the time limit of 70 seconds.

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
Maurice Schilles   France No time
Frank Shore   South Africa No time

Heat 6Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Émile Demangel   France 59.8 Q
2 George Summers   Great Britain Unknown
3 Andrew Hansson   Sweden Unknown

Heat 7Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Johannes van Spengen   Netherlands 58.2 Q
2 Hermann Martens   Germany Unknown
3 Joe Lavery   Great Britain Unknown

Heat 8Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Walter Andrews   Canada 55.8 Q
2 Joseph Werbrouck   Belgium Unknown
3 Gaston Delaplane   France Unknown

Heat 9Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Paul Texier   France 1:01.6 Q
2 Thomas Passmore   South Africa Unknown

Heat 10Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Floris Venter   South Africa 1:03.2 Q
2 Georges Perrin   France Unknown
3 Bruno Götze   Germany Unknown

Heat 11Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Karl Neumer   Germany 54.2 Q
2 W. F. Magee   Great Britain Unknown
3 Émile Maréchal   France Unknown
4 Antonie Gerrits   Netherlands Unknown

Heat 12Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Ernest Payne   Great Britain 57.2 Q
2 André Poulain   France Unknown
3 Jean Van Benthem   Belgium Unknown

Heat 13Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Daniel Flynn   Great Britain 55.0 Q
2 Gerard Bosch van Drakenstein   Netherlands Unknown
3 Paul Schulze   Germany Unknown

Heat 14Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Lucien Renard   Belgium 55.2 Q
2 Gaston Dreyfus   France Unknown
3 William Morton   Canada Unknown
4 Gerald Anderson   Great Britain Unknown

Heat 15Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 George Cameron   United States 1:05.2 Q
2 Léon Coeckelberg   Belgium Unknown

Heat 16Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 André Auffray   France 58.4 Q
2 Arthur J. Denny   Great Britain Unknown
3 Philipus Freylinck   South Africa Unknown

SemifinalsEdit

The fastest cyclist in each of the 4 semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Victor Johnson   Great Britain 59.2 Q
2 Johannes van Spengen   Netherlands Unknown
3 Paul Texier   France Unknown
4 Walter Andrews   Canada Unknown

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Émile Demangel   France 51.6 Q
2 Clarence Kingsbury   Great Britain Unknown
3 William Bailey   Great Britain Unknown
4 Floris Venter   South Africa Unknown

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Daniel Flynn   Great Britain 54.8 Q
2 André Auffray   France Unknown
3 George Cameron   United States Unknown
4 Ernest Payne   Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 4Edit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time Notes
1 Karl Neumer   Germany 1:05.6 Q
2 Lucien Renard   Belgium Unknown
3 Benjamin Jones   Great Britain Unknown

FinalEdit

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Victor Johnson   Great Britain 51.2
  Émile Demangel   France Unknown
  Karl Neumer   Germany Unknown
4 Daniel Flynn   Great Britain Unknown

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 210. ISBN 0140066322.
  2. ^ Official Report, p.33.

SourcesEdit

  • 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].