Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 3 miles team race

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Men's 3 miles team race
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 14 (semifinals)
July 15 (final)
Competitors 28 from 6 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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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

The men's 3 miles team race was a unique event featured only at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. In the team race, each competing nation sent five athletes. For each heat, the top three athletes from each nation had their placings counted as part of the team score, though good performances by the other two could also help the team by worsening the scores of other teams. Team scores were arrived at by adding the rankings of the top three runners from the team, with low scores being desirable. Thus, a team that took the first three places in a heat would receive 1+2+3=6 points, the best possible score.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

There were two heats in the first round, with three teams competing in each. The top two teams from each heat advanced to the final.

First round, heat 1[edit]

The four British athletes finished the race hand-in-hand; official reports give them a joint first place in the heat though assigning points to the team as if they had placed first through fourth. Thus, Great Britain and Ireland received 1+2+3=6 points. Neither Italy nor Holland had three men finish the race, and thus they had no score and were unable to advance to the final.

Rank Name Nation Time Points
1 William Coales Great Britain and Ireland 15:05.6 1
Joe Deakin Great Britain and Ireland 15:05.6 2 (+1=3)
Archie Robertson Great Britain and Ireland 15:05.6 3 (+1+2=6)
Harold A. Wilson Great Britain and Ireland 15:05.6 X
5 Pericle Pagliani Italy 15:22.6 5
6 Massimo Cartasegna Italy 16:26.0 6 (+5=11)
7 Arie Vosbergen Holland 17:15.8 7
8 Willem Wakker Holland 17:46.4 8 (+7=15)
DNF Wilhelmus Braams Holland N/A (+7+8=X)
DNF Dorando Pietri Italy N/A (+5+6=X)
DNF Emilio Giovanoli Italy X
DNF Norman Hallows Great Britain and Ireland X
DNF Emilio Lunghi Italy X

First round, heat 2[edit]

The United States team finished with 10 points, France had 15, and Sweden had 21. The top six runners finished in proximity, but the fact that three of the runners were American ensured the top spot to the United States.

Rank Name Nation Time Points
1 Jean Bouin France 14:53.0 1
2 John Eisele United States 14:55.0 2
3 Herbert Trube United States 14:55.0 3 (+2=5)
4 Louis Bonniot de Fleurac France 14:56.0 4 (+1=5)
5 George Bonhag United States 14:56.4 5 (+2+3=10)
6 John Svanberg Sweden 14:57.0 6
7 Georg Peterson Sweden 15:14.4 7 (+6=13)
8 Edward Dahl Sweden 15:21.0 8 (+6+7=21)
9 Axel Wiegandt Sweden 15:33.0 X
10 Joseph Dréher France 15:37.2 10 (+1+4=15)
11 Gayle Dull United States 15:37.4 X
12 Seth Landqvist Sweden 15:46.4 X
13 Alexandre Fayollat France 15:52.2 X
14 Paul Lizandier France 15:56.6 X
DNS Harvey Cohn United States X

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nation Time Points
1 Joe Deakin Great Britain and Ireland 14:39.6 1
2 Archie Robertson Great Britain and Ireland 14:41.0 2 (+1=3)
3 William Coales Great Britain and Ireland 14:41.6 3 (+1+2=6)
4 John Eisele United States 14:41.8 4
5 Harold A. Wilson Great Britain and Ireland 14:57.0 X
6 George Bonhag United States 15:05.0 6 (+4=10)
7 Norman Hallows Great Britain and Ireland 15:08.0 X
8 Louis Bonniot de Fleurac France 15:08.4 8
9 Herb Trube United States 15:11.0 9 (+4+6=19)
10 Gayle Dull United States 15:27.0 X
11 Joseph Dréher France 15:40.0 11 (+8=19)
12 Harvey Cohn United States 15:40.2 X
13 Paul Lizandier France 16:03.0 13 (+8+11=32)
DNS Jean Bouin France X
DNS Alexandre Fayollat France X

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