South Africa at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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South Africa at the Olympic Games

The Union Flag flew over South Africa before 1910
IOC code  RSA
NOC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
Website www.sascoc.co.za
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors
Medals Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
2
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

South Africa competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom


Hurdler Doug Stupart carried the flag at the opening ceremony.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Walker, ReggieReggie Walker Athletics Men's 100 m July 22
 Silver Hefferon, CharlesCharles Hefferon Athletics Men's marathon July 24

Results by event[edit]

Athletics[edit]

South Africa was one of 5 nations to win at least one gold medal in athletics, taking the gold medal in the short sprint. Reggie Walker was the 100 metres champion, setting a new Olympic record in the semifinals and matching it in the final. Charles Hefferon added a silver medal in the marathon.

Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metres 1st Reggie Walker 11.0 seconds
1st, heat 4
10.8 seconds (OR)
1st, semifinal 1
10.8 seconds (=OR)
Semi-
finalist
Edward Duffy 11.6 seconds
1st, heat 1
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Herbert Phillips Did not finish
—, heat 11
Did not advance
Men's 200 metres Heats Edward Duffy Unknown
2nd, heat 2
Did not advance
Men's 110 metre hurdles Heats Douglas Stupart Unknown
3rd, heat 1
Did not advance
Men's 5 miles 4th Charles Hefferon None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
25:44.0
Men's marathon 2nd Charles Hefferon None held 2:56:06.0
J. N. Mitchell-Baker Did not finish
A. B. Mole Did not start
C. E. Stevens Did not start
Vincent Did not start
Event Place Athlete Distance
Men's triple jump 10th Douglas Stupart 13.40 metres

Cycling[edit]

Event Place Cyclist Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 660 yards Semi-
finalist
Floris Venter 1:03.2
1st, heat 10
Unknown
4th, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Heats T. H. E. Passmore Unknown
2nd, heat 9
Did not advance
Philipus Frylink Unknown
3rd, heat 16
Frank Shore Time limit exceeded
—, heat 5
Men's 5000 metres Semi-
finalist
Philipus Frylink None held Unknown
3rd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
T. H. E. Passmore Unknown
4th, semifinal 4
Floris Venter Unknown
4-7, semifinal 7
Frank Shore Unknown
4-9, semifinal 5
Men's 20 kilometres Semi-
finalist
Floris Venter None held 32:34.4
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not advance
T. H. E. Passmore 32:39.4
3rd, semifinal 4
Frank Shore 33:40.0
2nd, semifinal 3
Men's 100 kilometres T. H. E. Passmore None held Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Men's sprint Semi-
finalist
Floris Venter 1:33.2
1st, heat 2
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Heats Philipus Frylink Unknown
2nd, heat 8
Did not advance
Frank Shore Time limit exceeded
—, heat 16
Men's tandem Heats Philipus Frylink
Floris Venter
Unknown
2nd, heat 5
Did not finish

Fencing[edit]

Event Place Fencer First
round
Second
round
Semi-
final
Final
Men's épée First
round
Walter Gates 3-5 (6th in B) Did not advance
Men's sabre First
round
Walter Gates 0-5 (6th in H) Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Event Place Name Round
of 64
Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's singles 4th John Richardson Bye Bye Defeated Foulkes Defeated Brown Lost to Froitzheim Did not advance
16th Vincent Gauntlett Bye Lost to Ritchie Did not advance
Harold Kitson Bye Lost to Caridia
Men's doubles 4th Vincent Gauntlett
Harold Kitson
None held Bye Defeated
Hykš/Slíva
Defeated
Froitzheim/Schomburgk
Lost to
Cazalet/Dixon
Did not advance
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Bohemia 1 0 1.000
Canada 2 0 1.000
Germany 1 1 .500
Great Britain 0 3 .000
Total 4 4 .500

Sources[edit]

  • 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 6 June 2006.