Polo at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Men's polo
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue Hurlingham Polo Grounds
Dates June 18
June 21
Competitors 12 from 1 nation
1st, gold medalist(s) Roehampton
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Hurlingham Club
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ireland national polo team
 Great Britain
← 1900
1920 →

At the 1908 Summer Olympics, a polo tournament was contested. It was the second time the sport had been featured at the Olympics, with 1900 being its first appearance.

The venue was the Hurlingham Polo Grounds in London. The Hurlingham Club presented a Challenge Cup to the winner of the tournament, which consisted of three teams. All three teams represented the British Olympic Association, with two from England and one from Ireland. The two English teams played each first, with the winner playing against the Irish team. Roehampton won both games, taking the gold medal, while the other two teams did not face each other to break the tie for second place.

Medal table[edit]

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain 1 2 0 3

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament Roehampton
 Great Britain
Hurlingham Club
 Great Britain
 Great Britain

Team rosters[edit]





Game 1[edit]

Hurlingham scored first, with a goal in the second period by Jones. It would be the only goal scored by the team, however, as Roehampton answered with two goals in the third and added another in the fifth.

June 18 GBR Roehampton 3 - 1 GBR Hurlingham Hurlingham Grounds

Game 2[edit]

The second game was decidedly more lopsided than the first, with Roehampton scoring twice in the first period and Miller adding three more himself in the second. Ireland scored its only goal shortly before the end of the match, when the team was already down 8-0.

June 21 GBR Roehampton 8 - 1 GBR Ireland Hurlingham Grounds


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. 
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Polo 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 6 May 2006.