Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 miles walk

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Men's 10 miles walk
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 16 (semifinals)
July 17 (final)
Competitors 25 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) George Larner  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ernest Webb  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Edward Spencer  Great Britain
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The men's 10 miles walk race was held at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. This event was held for the only time. The competition was held on Thursday, July 16, 1908 and on Friday, July 17, 1908.

The competition was held in two rounds. There were two heats in the first round, with the top four in each heat advancing to the final.

25 race walkers from eight nations competed.


First round[edit]

The first round heats were held on Thursday, July 16, 1908.

Heat 1

Carter, Larner, and Spencer intentionally drew even to finish in a line. Carter had been in second place, followed by Spencer and then Larner before they did so.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Ernest Webb  Great Britain 1:20:18.8
2 Frank Carter  Great Britain 1:21:25.4
Ernest Larner  Great Britain 1:21:25.4
Edward Spencer  Great Britain 1:21:25.4
5 Arthur Rowland  Australasia 1:21:57:6
6 Thomas Hammond  Great Britain 1:23:44.0
7 Paul Gunia  Germany 1:26:09.4
Jo Goetzee  Netherlands Did not finish
Arne Højme  Denmark Did not finish
Piet Soudyn  Netherlands Did not finish
Willem Winkelman  Netherlands Did not finish
Alfred Yeoumans  Great Britain Disqualified

Heat 2

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner  Great Britain 1:18:19.0
2 Ralph Harrison  Great Britain 1:18:21.2
3 Harry Kerr  Australasia 1:18:40.2
4 William Palmer  Great Britain 1:19:04.0
5 Gadwin Withers  Great Britain 1:19:22.4
6 Sydney Schofield  Great Britain 1:21:07.4
7 Piet Ruimers  Netherlands 1:27:38.8
8 Emmerich Rath  Austria 1:30:33.8[1]
John Butler  Great Britain Did not finish
George Goulding  Canada Did not finish
Jan Huijgen  Netherlands Did not finish
Einar Rothman  Sweden Did not finish
Charles Vestergaard  Denmark Did not finish


The final was held on Friday, July 17, 1908.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner  Great Britain 1:15:57.4
2 Ernest Webb  Great Britain 1:17:31.0
3 Edward Spencer  Great Britain 1:21:20.2
4 Frank Carter  Great Britain 1:21:20.2
5 Ernest Larner  Great Britain 1:24:26.2
6 William Palmer  Great Britain Unknown[2]
Ralph Harrison  Great Britain Did not start
Harry Kerr  Australasia Did not start


  1. ^ The time appears on the official report as "go min. 3345 sec."
  2. ^ Listed on the official report as in sixth place, with a dash in the time column, indicating that Palmer finished in sixth place but without the time having been recorded. De Wael lists Palmer with Harrison in the "did not finish" section.


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 31 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].