Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames; Henley Royal Regatta Course, Henley-on-Thames
Date Started: July 28, 1908
Date Finished: July 31, 1908
Format: 1½ miles
The Magdalen College (Oxford) Boat Club had won the Stewards' Challenge Cup at Henley in both 1907 and 1908. The winners in 1905-06 had been a four representing the Leander Club, so the final of this event brought the two top fours from Britain over the past few years. European championships in this era were only held for coxed fours, and Belgian and Italy dominated this class, but did not enter for the Olympics.
In the final, the Magdalen four opened at 38 strokes and was a length ahead at the half-way point. The Oxonian crew gradually increased their lead to win by a margin described variously as 1 or 2 lengths.