Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's hammer throw

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Men's hammer throw
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
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The winner John Flanagan
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 19 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) John Flanagan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Matt McGrath  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Con Walsh  Canada
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Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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The men's hammer throw was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on July 14, 1908.

19 throwers from eight nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to this competition.

World Record 53.38(*) United States John Flanagan Torrington, CT (USA) June 20, 1908
Olympic Record 51.23 United States John Flanagan St. Louis (USA) August 29, 1904

(*) unofficial

John Flanagan set a new Olympic record with 51.92 metres.


Place Name Nation Distance
1 John Flanagan  United States 51.92 metres
2 Matt McGrath  United States 51.18 metres
3 Con Walsh  Canada 48.51 metres
4 Tom Nicolson  Great Britain 48.09 metres
5 Lee Talbott  United States 47.86 metres
6 Bill Horr  United States 46.94 metres
7 Simon Gillis  United States 45.59 metres
8 Eric Lemming  Sweden 43.06 metres
9 Alan Fyffe  Great Britain 37.35 metres
10-19 Harald Agger  Denmark Unknown
István Mudin  Hungary Unknown
Henry Leeke  Great Britain Unknown
Robert Lindsay-Watson  Great Britain Unknown
Ernest May  Great Britain Unknown
John Murray  Great Britain Unknown
Robert Olsson  Sweden Unknown
Benjamin Sherman  United States Unknown
Ludwig Uettwiller  Germany Unknown
Julius Wagner  Switzerland Unknown


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].