Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 miles walk

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Men's 10 miles walk
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Dates July 16 (semifinals)
July 17 (final)
Competitors 25 from 8 nations
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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The men's 10 miles walk race was held at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. This event was held for the only time. The competition was held on Thursday, July 16, 1908 and on Friday, July 17, 1908.

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

25 race walkers from eight nations competed.


First round[edit]

The first round heats were held on Thursday, July 16, 1908.

Heat 1

Carter, Larner, and Spencer intentionally drew even to finish in a line. Carter had been in second place, followed by Spencer and then Larner before they did so.

Place Name Nation Time
1 Ernest Webb Great Britain 1:20:18.8
2 Frank Carter Great Britain 1:21:25.4
Ernest Larner Great Britain 1:21:25.4
Edward Spencer Great Britain 1:21:25.4
5 Arthur Rowland Australasia 1:21:57:6
6 Thomas Hammond Great Britain 1:23:44.0
7 Paul Gunia Germany 1:26:09.4
Jo Goetzee Netherlands Did not finish
Arne Højme Denmark Did not finish
Piet Soudyn Netherlands Did not finish
Willem Winkelman Netherlands Did not finish
Alfred Yeoumans Great Britain Disqualified

Heat 2

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner Great Britain 1:18:19.0
2 Ralph Harrison Great Britain 1:18:21.2
3 Harry Kerr Australasia 1:18:40.2
4 William Palmer Great Britain 1:19:04.0
5 Gadwin Withers Great Britain 1:19:22.4
6 Sydney Schofield Great Britain 1:21:07.4
7 Piet Ruimers Netherlands 1:27:38.8
8 Emmerich Rath Austria 1:30:33.8[1]
John Butler Great Britain Did not finish
George Goulding Canada Did not finish
Jan Huijgen Netherlands Did not finish
Einar Rothman Sweden Did not finish
Charles Vestergaard Denmark Did not finish


The final was held on Friday, July 17, 1908.

Place Name Nation Time
1 George Larner Great Britain 1:15:57.4
2 Ernest Webb Great Britain 1:17:31.0
3 Edward Spencer Great Britain 1:21:20.2
4 Frank Carter Great Britain 1:21:20.2
5 Ernest Larner Great Britain 1:24:26.2
6 William Palmer Great Britain Unknown[2]
Ralph Harrison Great Britain Did not start
Harry Kerr Australasia Did not start


  1. ^ The time appears on the official report as "go min. 3345 sec."
  2. ^ Listed on the official report as in sixth place, with a dash in the time column, indicating that Palmer finished in sixth place but without the time having been recorded. De Wael lists Palmer with Harrison in the "did not finish" section.


  • 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].