Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5 miles men
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3200 m steeplechase men
Medley relay men
3 mile team race men
Road events
Marathon men
3500 m walk men
10 mile walk men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men
Javelin throw men
Greek discus men
Freestyle javelin men

At the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London, England, 26 athletics events were contested, all for men only. A total of 79 medals (27 gold, 27 silver, 25 bronze) were awarded.

Each nation was allowed to enter up to 12 competitors in most of the events. In the team races (the medley relay and the 3 mile team race), each nation entered one team. The medley relay was run by four athletes, with four alternates allowed. In the 3 mile team race, five athletes from each nation ran with only three counting.

The competition was restricted to amateurs, and was held under the rules of the Amateur Athletic Association. These rules included a prohibition on any interference with other runners (a rule that played an important part in the 400 metres).

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Reggie Walker
South Africa (RSA)
 James Rector
United States (USA)
 Robert Kerr
Canada (CAN)
200 metres
details
 Robert Kerr
Canada (CAN)
 Robert Cloughen
United States (USA)
 Nate Cartmell
United States (USA)
400 metres
details
 Wyndham Halswelle
Great Britain (GBR)
none awarded none awarded
800 metres
details
 Mel Sheppard
United States (USA)
 Emilio Lunghi
Italy (ITA)
 Hanns Braun
Germany (GER)
1500 metres
details
 Mel Sheppard
United States (USA)
 Harold Wilson
Great Britain (GBR)
 Norman Hallows
Great Britain (GBR)
5 miles
details
 Emil Voigt
Great Britain (GBR)
 Edward Owen
Great Britain (GBR)
 John Svanberg
Sweden (SWE)
Marathon
details
 Johnny Hayes
United States (USA)
 Charles Hefferon
South Africa (RSA)
 Joseph Forshaw
United States (USA)
110 metres hurdles
details
 Forrest Smithson
United States (USA)
 John Garrels
United States (USA)
 Arthur Shaw
United States (USA)
400 metres hurdles
details
 Charles Bacon
United States (USA)
 Harry Hillman
United States (USA)
 Jimmy Tremeer
Great Britain (GBR)
3200 metres steeplechase
details
 Arthur Russell
Great Britain (GBR)
 Archie Robertson
Great Britain (GBR)
 John Eisele
United States (USA)
Medley relay
details
 United States (USA)
William Hamilton
Nate Cartmell
John Taylor
Mel Sheppard
 Germany (GER)
Arthur Hoffmann
Hans Eicke
Otto Trieloff
Hanns Braun
 Hungary (HUN)
Pál Simon
Frigyes Wiesner
József Nagy
Ödön Bodor
3 miles team race
details
 Great Britain (GBR)
William Coales
Joe Deakin
Archie Robertson
 United States (USA)
George Bonhag
John Eisele
Herbert Trube
 France (FRA)
Joseph Dreher
Louis de Fleurac
Paul Lizandier
3500 metres walk
details
 George Larner
Great Britain (GBR)
 Ernest Webb
Great Britain (GBR)
 Harry Kerr
Australasia (ANZ)
10 miles walk
details
 George Larner
Great Britain (GBR)
 Ernest Webb
Great Britain (GBR)
 Edward Spencer
Great Britain (GBR)
Long jump
details
 Frank Irons
United States (USA)
 Daniel Kelly
United States (USA)
 Calvin Bricker
Canada (CAN)
Triple jump
details
 Tim Ahearne
Great Britain (GBR)
 Garfield MacDonald
Canada (CAN)
 Edvard Larsen
Norway (NOR)
High jump
details
 Harry Porter
United States (USA)
 Géo André
France (FRA)
none awarded
 Con Leahy
Great Britain (GBR)
 István Somodi
Hungary (HUN)
Pole vault
details
 Edward Cook
United States (USA)
none awarded  Edward Archibald
Canada (CAN)
 Clare Jacobs
United States (USA)
 Alfred Gilbert
United States (USA)
 Bruno Söderström
Sweden (SWE)
Standing long jump
details
 Ray Ewry
United States (USA)
 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
Greece (GRE)
 Martin Sheridan
United States (USA)
Standing high jump
details
 Ray Ewry
United States (USA)
 John Biller
United States (USA)
none awarded
 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
Greece (GRE)
Shot put
details
 Ralph Rose
United States (USA)
 Denis Horgan
Great Britain (GBR)
 John Garrels
United States (USA)
Discus throw
details
 Martin Sheridan
United States (USA)
 Merritt Giffin
United States (USA)
 Bill Horr
United States (USA)
Hammer throw
details
 John Flanagan
United States (USA)
 Matt McGrath
United States (USA)
 Con Walsh
Canada (CAN)
Javelin throw
details
 Eric Lemming
Sweden (SWE)
 Arne Halse
Norway (NOR)
 Otto Nilsson
Sweden (SWE)
Greek discus
details
 Martin Sheridan
United States (USA)
 Bill Horr
United States (USA)
 Verner Järvinen
Finland (FIN)
Freestyle javelin
details
 Eric Lemming
Sweden (SWE)
 Michalis Dorizas
Greece (GRE)
 Arne Halse
Norway (NOR)

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 16 10 8 34
2 Great Britain & Ireland 7 7 3 17
3 Sweden 2 0 3 5
4 Canada 1 1 4 6
5 South Africa 1 1 0 2
6 Greece 0 3 0 3
7 Norway 0 1 2 3
8 France 0 1 1 2
Germany 0 1 1 2
Hungary 0 1 1 2
11 Italy 0 1 0 1
12 Australasia 0 0 1 1
Finland 0 0 1 1
Austria 0 0 0 0
Belgium 0 0 0 0
Bohemia 0 0 0 0
Denmark 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 0 0 0 0
Russian Empire 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 0 0 0 0
* Total medals 27 27 25 79

Events[edit]

The 1908 Games were the first to feature race walking, with two different events held. Two different forms of javelin throwing also appeared, introducing the new throwing apparatus to the programme. The 60 metre short sprint was dropped from the programme, as was the middle hurdle distance. Steeplechasing was done at 3200 metres instead of the 2500 metres that had been included at the previous two editions; the team race also had its distance shortened. A short track relay event was added. The multi-discipline triathlon and decathlon events that had been experimented with at the 1904 Games were both absent, as was the 56 pound weight throw. An unusual event featuring the discus, which had become a staple of Olympic athletics, was held in which throwers had to follow a very specific throwing style. Overall there was one more event on the 1908 programme than there had been in 1904.

New:

  • 3200 metre steeplechase
  • Medley relay
  • 3 mile team race
  • 5 miles
  • 3500 metre walk
  • 10 mile walk
  • Javelin throw
  • Greek discus
  • Freestyle javelin

Removed:

  • 60 metres (1900–04)
  • 200 metre hurdles (1900–04)
  • 2500 metre steeplechase (1900–04)
  • 4 mile team race (1904)
  • Triathlon (1904)
  • Decathlon (1904)
  • Standing triple jump (1900–04)
  • 56 pound weight throw (1904)

Calendar[edit]

   ●    Event competitions    ●    Event finals
July 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
100 metres
200 metres
400 metres
800 metres
1500 metres
110 metres hurdles
400 metres hurdles
3200 metres steeplechase
Medley relay
3 miles team race
5 miles
marathon
3500 metres walk ● ●
10 miles walk
Long jump
Triple jump
High jump
Pole vault
Standing long jump
Standing high jump
Shot put
Discus throw
Hammer throw
Javelin throw
Greek discus
Freestyle javelin
July 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th

Participating nations[edit]

446 athletes from 20 nations competed. Argentina and Turkey were the only two nations not to compete in athletics.

References[edit]

  • 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 23 July 2006. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2006.  (Polish)