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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 3,500 metres Walk

Athletics at the 1908 Summer Games:

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 14, 1908

Gold: GBR George Larner
Silver: GBR Ernie Webb
Bronze: ANZ Harry Kerr

Summary

Ernie Webb led on the first lap but was caught on lap two by George Larner. They pulled away from the field and walked together for the first mile. At that point, Larner slowly drew away and eventually won by 12 seconds, a margin of about 45 yards.

George Larner did not begin race walking until 1903 when he was already 28 years old. He quickly won four AAA walking championships and set nine world records, and then retired. He was convinced to return for the 1908 Olympics where he won both walk races. He competed sporadically after the Olympics both as a cross-country runner and in race walking, but he retired shortly before the 1912 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Larner 33 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Ernie Webb 34 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Harry Kerr 29 Australasia ANZ Bronze
4 George Goulding 22 Canada CAN
5 Albert Rowland 22 Australasia ANZ
6 Charles Vestergaard 24 Denmark DEN
7 Einar Rothman 20 Sweden SWE
AC Bill Palmer 26 Great Britain GBR
AC Ralph Harrison Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/2 Paul Gunia 23 Germany GER
4 h2 r1/2 Willem Winkelman 20 Netherlands NED
4 h3 r1/2 Ernest Larner 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Sydney Sarel 35 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 István Drubina 23 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r1/2 Jack Butler Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Arne Højme 23 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r1/2 Piet Ruimers 23 Netherlands NED
6 h3 r1/2 Richard Wilhelm Germany GER
7 h1 r1/2 Jo Goetzee 24 Netherlands NED
7 h3 r1/2 Jan Huijgen 19 Netherlands NED
AC h1 r1/2 Bill Brown Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Alfred Yeoumans 31 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Piet Soudyn 28 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r1/2 Richard Quinn 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 John Reid Great Britain GBR