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Cycling at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 20 kilometres

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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 Clarrie Kingsbury
Silver: GBR Ben Jones
Bronze: BEL Joseph Werbrouck

Summary

The Sporting Life noted that Clarrie Kingsbury "was undoubtedly favourite for this event" but that is difficult to fathom given that Leon Meredith was in the field. Meredith was the greatest British long-distance track racer of this era, but he did not fare well at the 1908 Olympics. In the final, Meredith punctured early, his spare bike was not readily available and he lost two laps before remounting and never figured again in the race.

Clarrie Kingsbury did go on to win this race. A versatile rider, he won NCU titles every year from 1907 to 1912 at distances between ¼-mile and 50 miles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Clarrie Kingsbury 25 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Ben Jones 26 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Joseph Werbrouck 26 Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Louis Weintz 23 United States USA
AC r2/2 Leon Meredith 26 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Arthur Denny Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Andrew Hansson 25 Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 François Bonnet France FRA
AC r2/2 Octave Lapize 20 France FRA
2 h1 r1/2 Hermann Martens 31 Germany GER
2 h2 r1/2 Colin Brooks Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/2 Frank Shore South Africa RSA
2 h4 r1/2 George Cameron 26 United States USA
2 h5 r1/2 David Robertson Great Britain GBR
2 h6 r1/2 Charles Avrillon France FRA
3 h2 r1/2 Floris Venter South Africa RSA
3 h3 r1/2 Harry Young Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/2 Harry Passmore 23 South Africa RSA
3 h5 r1/2 Will Anderson Canada CAN
3 h6 r1/2 Gustaf Westerberg 24 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 André Lapize France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Georges Lutz 23 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Herbert Bouffler 27 Great Britain GBR
4 h6 r1/2 Guglielmo Morisetti 22 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/2 Georgius Damen 20 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r1/2 Gerard Bosch van Drakestein 20 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/2 Max Triebsch 22 Germany GER
5 h4 r1/2 Henri Baumler France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 Fred McCarthy 26 Canada CAN
AC h1 r1/2 Pierre Hostein France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Richard Katzer Germany GER
AC h1 r1/2 Dan Flynn Great Britain GBR DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Walt Andrews 27 Canada CAN
AC h2 r1/2 Jean Van Benthem Belgium BEL
AC h2 r1/2 Paul Schulze 25 Germany GER
AC h3 r1/2 Henri Cunault France FRA
AC h3 r1/2 Dorus Nijland 28 Netherlands NED
AC h3 r1/2 Frederick Hamlin 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC h4 r1/2 Alwin Boldt 24 Germany GER
AC h4 r1/2 Johannes van Spengen 21 Netherlands NED
AC h4 r1/2 W. Lower Great Britain GBR DNF
AC h5 r1/2 Ioannis Santorinaios Greece GRE DNF
AC h5 r1/2 Paul Texier France FRA DNF
AC h6 r1/2 Léon Coeckelberg Belgium BEL DQ