Russian Empire at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Russian Empire (Russia) competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England. It was the second appearance of the European nation, after having missed the 1904 Games.

Russian Empire at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Flag of Russia.svg
IOC codeRU1
NOCRussian Olympic Committee
in London
Competitors6 in 3 sports
Medals
Ranked 12th
Gold
1
Silver
2
Bronze
0
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)
 Russia (1994–2016)
 Olympic Athletes from Russia (2018)

Late arrivalEdit

Some sources claim that the Russian shooting team was 12 days late to the Olympics due to the Russian Empire still using the Julian calendar as opposed to the rest of Europe, which used the Gregorian system.[1][2]

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Nikolai Panin Figure skating Men's special figures October 29
  Silver Nikolay Orlov Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman lightweight July 25
  Silver Aleksandr Petrov Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman super heavyweight July 24

Results by eventEdit

AthleticsEdit

Russia had one track & field athlete compete in 1908. Lind took 19th place of 27 finishers in the marathon.

Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's marathon 19th Georg Lind[3] None held 3:26:38.8

Figure skatingEdit

Event Place Skater Score
Men's individual Nikolai Panin Did not finish
Men's special figures 1st Nikolai Panin 43.8

WrestlingEdit

Event Place Wrestler Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Greco-Roman lightweight 2nd Nikolay Orlov Bye Defeated
Lund
Defeated
Radvány
Defeated
Lindén
Lost to
Porro
Greco-Roman middleweight 9th Georgy Demin Bye Lost to
Frank
Did not advance
Greco-Roman light heavyweight 9th Yevgeny Zamotin Bye Lost to
Payr
Did not advance
Greco-Roman heavyweight 2nd Aleksandr Petrov None held Defeated
Humphreys
Defeated
Payr
Lost to
Weisz
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Finland 1 0 1.000
Great Britain 1 0 1.000
Hungary 2 2 .500
Italy 0 1 .000
Sweden 1 1 .500
Total 5 4 .556

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Was Russia really late for the Olympics in 1908? (It won medals anyway!)". www.rbth.com. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
  2. ^ "Official Report 1908 page 295". digital.la84.org. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
  3. ^ Georg Lind was actually a Latvian living in London.

SourcesEdit

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Top London 1908 Olympians". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 10 June 2006.