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
John Flanagan.jpg
The winner John Flanagan
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 19 from 8 nations
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Canada
1904 1912
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].