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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 21, 1908
Date Finished: July 23, 1908

Gold: CAN Bobby Kerr
Silver: USA Bobby Cloughen
Bronze: USA Nate Cartmell


The Olympic record was 22.2, set by [Walter Tewksbury] (USA) in winning the gold medal at Paris in 1900. Though there was no official body to recognize world records, the fastest time on record was the 21.4 by John Maybury of the United States, set at the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Meet in 1897. Neither the United States nor Great Britain had produced a dominant long sprinter, as the most recent AAA and AAU championships had been spread among several different runners. But the 1908 AAA title had recently been won by the Irish-born Canadian, [Bobby Kerr], who had also won the Canadian AAU title from 1906-08. Kerr's family had moved to Hamilton, Ontario when he was 17 years old, in 1899. By 1907 he was the greatest Canadian sprinter to date, winning over 40 events in that year alone.

The two fastest heat winners were Kerr (22.2) and the American [Bill Hamilton] (22.4). Both runners were drawn in the same heat in the semi-finals where Kerr was the winner in a close race and Hamilton was eliminated. Kerr went on to win the final and with the South African, [Reggie Walker], winning the 100 metres, the United States failed to win either sprint for the first time. This is a relatively rare occurrence at the Olympics and has only been repeated in 1928, 1960, 1972, and 1980.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bobby Kerr 25 Canada CAN Gold
2 Bobby Cloughen 19 United States USA Silver
3 Nate Cartmell 25 United States USA Bronze
4 George Hawkins 24 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r2/3 Frank Hamilton 24 United States USA
2 h2 r2/3 Nate Sherman 20 United States USA
2 h3 r2/3 Lionel Reed 24 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r2/3 Paddy Roche Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r2/3 Károly Radóczy 22 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r2/3 Harry Huff 27 United States USA
3 h3 r2/3 Jack George 26 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r2/3 Géo Malfait 29 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Oscar Guttormsen 24 Norway NOR
4 h3 r2/3 Sam Hurdsfield 32 Great Britain GBR
1 h6 r1/3 Sven LÃ¥ftman 20 Sweden SWE
2 h1 r1/3 Victor Henny 20 Netherlands NED
2 h2 r1/3 Eddie Duffy 24 South Africa RSA
2 h3 r1/3 Lawson Robertson 24 United States USA
2 h4 r1/3 Vilmos Rácz 19 Hungary HUN
2 h5 r1/3 Robert Duncan 20 Great Britain GBR
2 h6 r1/3 Frigyes Wiesner-Mezei 20 Hungary HUN
2 h8 r1/3 Umberto Barozzi 26 Italy ITA
2 h9 r1/3 Mikhail Paskhalidis Greece GRE
2 h10r1/3 Lou Sebert 21 Canada CAN
2 h11r1/3 Willie May 21 United States USA
2 h12r1/3 Jack Morton 29 Great Britain GBR
2 h13r1/3 Arthur Hoffmann 20 Germany GER
2 h15r1/3 Henri Meslot 23 France FRA
3 h2 r1/3 Henk van der Wal 21 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Frank Lukeman 22 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/3 Ragnar Stenberg 20 Finland FIN
3 h6 r1/3 Ernestus Greven 22 Netherlands NED
3 h10r1/3 Henry Pankhurst Great Britain GBR
3 h11r1/3 Jimmy Stark 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h12r1/3 Edi Schönecker 23 Austria AUT
3 h15r1/3 Jacobus Hoogveld 23 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Knut Stenborg 18 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Evert Koops 23 Netherlands NED
4 h10r1/3 Pál Simon 16 Hungary HUN
4 h11r1/3 Knut Lindberg 26 Sweden SWE
4 h12r1/3 Cornelis den Held 24 Netherlands NED
5 h10r1/3 Fernand Halbart Belgium BEL
5 h11r1/3 Emilio Brambilla 25 Italy ITA