Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 21 (quarterfinals)
July 22 (semifinals)
July 23 (final)
Competitors 43 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Robert Kerr  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s) Robert Cloughen  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nate Cartmell  United States
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The men's 200 metre race was held for the third time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The competition was held from July 21, 1908 to July 23, 1908.

43 sprinters from 15 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 21.4(*) United States Jim Maybury Chicago (USA) June 5, 1897
Olympic Record 21.6(**) United States Archie Hahn St. Louis (USA) August 31, 1904

(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)

(**) straight course

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The winner of each heat advanced, with all others eliminated. Heats were held on July 21, 1908.

Heat 1

George led by ten yards when he crossed the finish line.

Place Name Nation Time
1 John George  Great Britain 23.4 seconds
2 Victor Henny  Netherlands (24.6 seconds)

Heat 2

In a tight race, Huff barely beat Duffy, crossing the line with a lead of less than two yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Harold Huff  United States 22.8 seconds
2 Edward Duffy  South Africa (23.2 seconds)
3 Henk van der Wal  Netherlands Unknown
4 Knut Stenborg  Sweden Unknown

Heat 3

Roche won by a mere yard.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Patrick Roche  Great Britain 22.8 seconds
2 Lawson Robertson  United States (23.0 seconds)
3 Frank Lukeman  Canada Unknown
4 Evert Koops  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 4

Cartmell won by about two yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Nate Cartmell  United States 23.0 seconds
2 Vilmos Rácz  Hungary (23.3 seconds)
3 Ragnar Stenberg  Finland Unknown

Heat 5

Malfait had about a four-yard lead when he finished.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Georges Malfait  France 22.6 seconds
2 Robert Duncan  Great Britain (23.1 seconds)

Heat 6

Laaftman won by two yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Sven Låftman  Sweden 23.8 seconds
2 Frigyes Wiesner  Hungary (24.0 seconds)
3 Ernst Greven  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 7

There was no competition for Radóczy in the seventh heat.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Károly Radóczy  Hungary walkover

Heat 8

Cloughen had a comfortable six-yard lead when he crossed the finish line.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Robert Cloughen  United States 23.4 seconds
2 Umberto Barrozzi  Italy (24.1 seconds)

Heat 9

Hurdsfield led by a yard and a half at the finish.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Samuel Hurdsfield  Great Britain 23.6 seconds
2 Mikhail Paskalides  Greece (24.0 seconds)

Heat 10

Hamilton's margin of victory was three yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 William Hamilton  United States 22.4 seconds
2 Louis Sebert  Canada (22.8 seconds)
3 Henry Pankhurst  Great Britain Unknown
4 Pál Simon  Hungary Unknown
5 Fernand Halbart  Belgium Unknown

Heat 11

Kerr's victory was by about three yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Robert Kerr  Canada 22.2 seconds
2 William W. May  United States (22.7 seconds)
3 James P. Stark  Great Britain Unknown
4 Knut Lindberg  Sweden Unknown
5 Emilio Brambilla  Italy Unknown

Heat 12

Sherman led by two yards when he finished.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Nathaniel Sherman  United States 22.8 seconds
2 John W. Morton  Great Britain (23.1 seconds)
3 Eduard Schönecker  Austria Unknown
4 Cornelis den Held  Netherlands Unknown

Heat 13

Reed won by two and a half yards.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Lionel Reed  Great Britain 23.2 seconds
2 Arthur Hoffmann  Germany (23.5 seconds)

Heat 14

Guttormsen was the second runner to win without competition.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Oscar Guttormsen  Norway walkover

Heat 15

The race was extremely tight until the final straightaway, where Hawkins pulled away to win.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Hawkins  Great Britain 22.8 seconds
2 Henri Meslot  France (23.2 seconds)
3 Jacobus Hoogveld  Netherlands Unknown

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinal round was held on July 22, 1908, a day after the heats. The winners of each semifinal advanced to the final, with the other runners being knocked out of competition.

Semifinal 1

The first semifinal featured both of the runners who had won via walkover in the heats. There was very little room separating the lead three runners, with Kerr about nine inches in front of Hamilton and twelve ahead of Radoczy.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Robert Kerr  Canada 22.6 seconds
2 William Hamilton  United States (22.7 seconds)
3 Károly Radóczy  Hungary (22.8 seconds)
4 Oscar Guttormsen  Norway Unknown

Semifinal 2

This all-American heat was also close, but not as close as the first. Cartmell won by about five feet.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Nate Cartmell  United States 22.6 seconds
2 Nathaniel Sherman  United States (22.9 seconds)
3 Harold Huff  United States (23.0 seconds)

Semifinal 3

Cloughen finally pulled ahead of Reed three-quarters of the way into the race, holding onto the lead until the finish.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Robert Cloughen  United States 22.6 seconds
2 Lionel Reed  Great Britain (22.8 seconds)
3 John George  Great Britain Unknown
4 Samuel Hurdsfield  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 4

Låftman was forced to scratch due to an injury. The three runners broke apart in the last ten metres, with Hawkins winning by a foot.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Hawkins  Great Britain 22.6 seconds
2 Patrick Roche  Great Britain (22.6 seconds)
3 Georges Malfait  France Unknown
Sven Låftman  Sweden Did not start

Final[edit]

The final was held on July 23, 1908.

Kerr winning the final.

The top three were within two feet of each other, as Kerr's early lead evaporated in the straight. He was able to hang onto nine inches, however, and defeated Cloughen by that small margin.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Robert Kerr  Canada 22.6 seconds
2 Robert Cloughen  United States (22.6 seconds)
3 Nate Cartmell  United States (22.7 seconds)
4 George Hawkins  Great Britain (22.9 seconds)

References[edit]

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Athletics 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 23 July 2006. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2006.