Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's medley relay

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Men's medley relay
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 24 (semifinals)
July 25 (final)
Competitors 28 from 7 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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The men's medley relay was run for the first time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The event consisted of 1600 metres being run by four athletes per team. Unlike the later 4 x 400 metres relay, however, the athletes had different distances to run. In the medley, the first two runners each ran 200 metres. The third runner ran 400 and the fourth ran 800. The competition was held on July 24, 1908 and July 25, 1908. 28 runners from 7 nations competed.

The event was run in two rounds.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

All first round heats were held on July 24, 1908.

First round, heat 1 Simon had a ten yard lead over Laaftman at the end of the first 200 metres; after Lindberg gained on Racz, Stenborg passed Nagy during the 400, giving Björn a three yard advantage over Bodor to begin the second half of the race. Bodor was up to the task and ran the split in 1:56.6 to pass Björn and win by three yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Pál Simon
Frigyes Wiesner
József Nagy
Ödön Bodor
Hungary 3:32.6
2 Sven Låftman
Knut Lindberg
Knut Stenborg
Evert Björn
Sweden (3:33.0)

First round, heat 2 The German team dominated this heat, with each runner increasing the lead; Braun crossed the finish line 90 yards ahead of Evers.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Arthur Hoffmann
Hans Eicke
Otto Trieloff
Hanns Braun
Germany 3:43.2
2 Evert Koops
Jacobus Hoogveld
Victor Henny
Bram Evers
Netherlands (3:55.4)

First round, heat 3 Hamilton gave the Americans a slight lead at the end of the first 200 metres, with the Canadians in second and the British team third. Cartmell increased the lead while Pankhurst caught up to Buddo near the end of the second 200. In the 400, Taylor held the American lead while Montague ensured second place for the Britons, but Just had little chance of catching Sheppard, who had won the individual 800 metres, in the second half of the race. Sheppard finished 25 yards in front of the British team.

Place Name Nation Time
1 William Hamilton
Nate Cartmell
John Taylor
Mel Sheppard
United States 3:27.2
2 George Hawkins
Henry Pankhurst
Edwin Montague
Theodore Just
Great Britain 3:32.0
3 Frank Lukeman
Donald Buddo
Louis Sebert
R. Irving Parkes
Canada unknown

Final[edit]

The final was held on July 25, 1908.

At the end of the first 200 metres, Hamilton had a six yard lead over Simon, with Hoffmann about a yard behind the Hungarian. Cartmell and Taylor increased the American lead, and Sheppard began the second half of the race with a fifteen yard lead over Bodor; he pulled away and won by twenty-five yards. Braun and Bodor fought mightily for second place, with the German, who had a five yard deficit at the beginning of the 800 metres, winning by five inches.

Place Name Nation Split Time
1 William Hamilton
Nate Cartmell
John Taylor
Mel Sheppard
United States 0:22.0
0:22.2
0:49.8
1:55.4
3:29.4
2 Arthur Hoffmann
Hans Eicke
Otto Trieloff
Hanns Braun
Germany 3:32.4
3 Pál Simon
Frigyes Wiesner
József Nagy
Ödön Bodor
Hungary 3:32.5

References[edit]

  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Retrieved 11 August 2007.  (Polish)