Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 3500 metres walk

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Men's 3500 metres walk
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 23 from 8 nations
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Australasia
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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The men's 3500 metre walk race was held for the only time at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The competition was held on Tuesday, July 14, 1908.

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

23 racewalkers from eight nations competed.


First round[edit]

Heat 1

Larner led the entire race.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner Great Britain 15:32.0
2 Harry Kerr Australasia 16:02.2
3 William Palmer Great Britain 16:33.0
4 Paul Gunia Germany 16:38.0
5 Sydney Sarel Great Britain 17:06.0
6 Arne Højme Denmark 17:23.4
7 Jo Goetzee Netherlands 17:37.8
Bill Brown Great Britain Disqualified

Heat 2

Webb had little competition, leading from the start and winning by nearly 2 minutes.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Ernest Webb Great Britain 15:17.2
2 Charles Vestergaard Denmark 17:07.0
3 Einar Rothman Sweden 17:40.2
4 Willem Winkelman Netherlands 17:57.6
5 István Drubina Hungary 18:44.6
6 Piet Ruimers Netherlands 18:44.6
Richard Quinn Great Britain Disqualified
John J. Reid Great Britain Disqualified

Heat 3

As in the other two heats, the winner led from the beginning. Unlike in the others, however, this race became close as Harrison made a late attempt to pass Goulding. Goulding finished strongly to fend off Harrison, winning by 10 seconds.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Goulding Canada 15:54.0
2 Ralph Harrison Great Britain 16:04.4
3 Arthur Rowland Australasia 16:08.6
4 Ernest Larner Great Britain 16:10.0
5 John Butler Great Britain 16:17.0
6 Richard Wilhelm Germany 17:33.8
7 Jan Huijgen Netherlands 17:37.8


The start of the final.

Webb, Goulding, and Harrison were the early leaders. Harrison was disqualified shortly after Larner passed him. By the end of the first mile, the top four spots had solidified into the final positions. Larner had passed the field, bumping Webb to second place, while Kerr had managed to overtake Goulding.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner Great Britain 14:55.0
2 Ernest Webb Great Britain 15:07.4
3 Harry Kerr Australasia 15:43.4
4 George Goulding Canada 15:49.8
5 Arthur Rowland Australasia 16:07.0
6 Charles Vestergaard Denmark 17:21.8
7 Einar Rothman Sweden 17:50.0
William Palmer Great Britain Did not finish
Ralph Harrison Great Britain Disqualified


  • 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].