The 1920 Summer Olympics were the first to include a (now common) 3000 m steeplechase. This was run on a grass course, unlike later competitions. Percy Hodge was the favourite to win the gold medal, easily winning his heat and outrunning the rest of the field. He won the competition with a time of 10:00.4, 50m ahead of second-placed Patrick Flynn from the United States. Hodge also ran in the heats of the 3000 m team event.
Hodge was also an AAA champion in 2 miles steeplechase from 1919 to 1921 and in 1923. He also finished ninth at the International Cross Country Championships and helped his team to win a first place earlier in 1920.