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
1st, gold medalist(s) George Larner  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ernest Webb  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Harry Kerr  Australasia

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].