Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 5 miles
|Men's 5 miles
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
|Venue||White City Stadium|
|Dates||July 15 (semifinals)
July 18 (final)
|Competitors||36 from 14 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 5 miles race was held at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It was discontinued after that in favour of the metric races of 5,000 and 10,000 metres. The competition was held on July 15, 1908, and July 18, 1908. 36 runners from 14 nations competed; seven from Great Britain, five from Sweden, four each from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, two each from Denmark, France and Australasia, and one each from Hungary, South Africa, Greece, Germany, Bohemia and Italy.
There were six preliminary heats, with the winner and the four runners-up with the best time advancing to the final.
These are the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics. The 5 miles (8.0 km) race was only held twice at the Olympic, 1906 and 1908.
|World Record||24:33.2||Alfred Shrubb||Stamford Bridge (GBR)||May 1904|
|Olympic Record||26:11.8||Henry Hawtrey||Athens (GRE)||1906|
All first round heats were held on July 15, 1908.
First round, heat 1 Ragueneau retired in the first quarter-mile. Coales dropped out after about four miles (6 km). Hefferon led for about half the race before Svanberg passed him.
Intermediate times: 1 mile 4:52.0, 2 miles 10:02.8, 3 miles 15:10.4, 4 miles 20:29.4
|2||Charles Hefferon||South Africa||26:05.0|
|—||William Coales||Great Britain||DNF|
First round, heat 2 Voigt broke away from the pack at about four miles (6 km).
Intermediate times: 1 mile 5:06.2, 2 miles 10:40.0, 3 miles 16:06.0, 4 miles 21:16.0
|1||Emil Voigt||Great Britain||26:13.4|
|2||Frederick Bellars||United States||26:45.0|
First round, heat 3 Landqvist led the entire way, gradually pulling away from the rest of the runners.
Intermediate times: 1 mile 5:07.6, 2 miles 10:32.6, 3 miles 15:53.4, 4 miles 21:26.2
|2||Edward Carr||United States||27:24.4|
|4||Charles Hall||United States||28:24.0|
First round, heat 4
Intermediate times: 1 mile 4:49.6, 2 miles 9:59.8, 3 miles 15:12.4, 4 miles 20:31.4
Murphy was in the lead for the entirety of the race.
|1||James Murphy||Great Britain||25:59.2|
|—||Joe Deakin||Great Britain||DNF|
First round, heat 5 Fitzgerald, Robertson, and Stevenson were close together for the first mile, then Robertson broke away. This left Fitzgerald and Stevenson to fight over second place.
Intermediate times: 1 mile 4:52.8, 2 miles 10:02.6, 3 miles 15:18.4, 4 miles 20:37.4
|1||Arthur Robertson||Great Britain||25:50.2|
|2||John E. Fitzgerald||Canada||26:05.8|
|3||Samuel Stevenson||Great Britain||26:17.0|
|—||Herbert Trube||United States||DNF|
First round, heat 6 Owen had the largest margin of victory in the preliminary heats, defeating Galbraith by a full lap of the track.
Intermediate times: 1 mile 4:46.8, 2 miles 9:56.0, 3 miles 15:19.2, 4 miles 20:51.0
|1||Edward Owen||Great Britain||26:12.0|
The final was held on July 18, 1908.
Fitzgerald, Murphy, Owen, Svanberg, Hefferon, and Voigt led during the final race of the 5 miles (8.0 km). Owen crossed the one mile (1.6 km) mark first, at 4:46.2. Hefferon was leading at the two and three mile (5 km) marks, at times of 9:54.2 and 15:05.6. After four miles (6 km), Svanberg was in front, having finished 80% of the race in 20:19.2. In the last two laps, Voigt sprinted to the lead which he kept until the end of the contest. He won the race setting a new Olympic record. As the competition has been discontinued, his Olympic record still stands.
|1||Emil Voigt||Great Britain||25:11.2 OR|
|2||Edward Owen||Great Britain||25:24.0|
|4||Charles Hefferon||South Africa||25:44.0|
|5||Arthur Robertson||Great Britain||26:13.0|
|7||John E. Fitzgerald||Canada||unknown|
|8||Frederick Bellars||United States||unknown|
|—||James Murphy||Great Britain||DNF|