Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 3200 metres steeplechase
|Men's 3200 metre steeplechase
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
The water jump
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Dates||July 17 (semifinals)
July 18 (final)
|Competitors||24 from 6 nations|
|Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|3200 m steeplechase||men|
|3 mile team race||men|
|3500 m walk||men|
|10 mile walk||men|
|Standing long jump||men|
|Standing high jump||men|
The men's 3,200 metres steeplechase was held for the only time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The competition was held on July 17, 1908 and July 18, 1908. The races were held on a track of 536.45 metres= 1⁄3 mile in circumference. There were six heats of the first round, with the winners of those heats competing in the final.
24 runners from 6 nations competed; eleven from Great Britain, eight from the United States, two from Canada, two from France, one from Hungary, and one from Italy.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic Record||7:34.4(*)||George Orton||Paris (FRA)||July 15, 1900|
|7:39.6(**)||James Lightbody||St. Louis (USA)||August 29, 1904|
(*) The distance of this race was 2500 metres and the track was 500 metres in circumference.
(**) The distance of this race was 2590 metres and the track was 536.45 metres= 1⁄3 mile in circumference.
All first round heats were held on Friday, July 17, 1908.
Russell won easily, with Cartasegna being the only other competitor to finish. Downing was disqualified for incorrectly clearing the first water jump, Ragueneau retired on the second lap, and Carr injured his ankle.
|1||Arthur Russell||Great Britain||10:56.2|
|—||Edward Carr||United States||DNF|
|—||Thomas Downing||Great Britain||DQ|
Eisele was the only one to finish. Fleurac led early, but was caught before the water jump and pulled up lame, while English fell.
|1||John Eisele||United States||11:13.6|
|—||Louis de Fleurac||France||DNF|
|—||Frank Buckley||Great Britain||DNF|
|—||Joseph English||Great Britain||DNF|
Barker pulled up lame, leaving Galbraith with the win.
|—||Henry Barker||Great Britain||DNF|
With Yorke being disqualified for obstruction and Bonhag injured, the race was between Robertson and Dull. Dull led at first, but Robertson passed him and won by two hundred yards.
|1||Archie Robertson||Great Britain||11:10.0|
|2||Gale Dull||United States||(11:50.0)|
|—||George Bonhag||United States||DNF|
|—||Richard Yorke||Great Britain||DQ|
The Americans had little chance of catching up with Holdaway and Kinchin; Holdaway was a hundred yards ahead at the finish.
|1||Guy Holdaway||Great Britain||11:18.8|
|2||Joseph Kinchin||Great Britain||(11:44.0)|
|3||Roland Spitzer||United States||unknown|
|4||Charles Hall||United States||unknown|
Fitzgerald fell and Grantham pulled up lame. Sewell and Lightbody competed right up to the finish, and Sewell pulled away at the end to win a tight race by less than ten yards.
|1||Harry Sewell||Great Britain||11:30.2|
|2||James Lightbody||United States||11:41.0|
|—||John E. Fitzgerald||Canada||DNF|
|—||W. Grantham||Great Britain||DNF|
The final was held on Saturday, July 18, 1908.
Holdaway was the first to lead, but did not do so for long. Galbraith and Russell were the leaders for most of the first half of the race, until Galbraith fell back and Eisele joined Russell at the front. After the bell, Robertson passed Eisele and nearly caught Russell, trailing by only two yards when the two crossed the finish line.
|1||Arthur Russell||Great Britain||10:47.8|
|2||Archie Robertson||Great Britain||10:48.4|
|3||John Eisele||United States||11:00.8|
|4||Guy Holdaway||Great Britain||(11:26.0)|
|5||Harry Sewell||Great Britain||unknown|
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- De Wael, Herman (2001). "Athletics 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
- Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved March 23, 2008.