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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 3,200 metres Steeplechase

Athletics at the 1908 Summer Games:


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908

Gold: GBR Arthur Russell
Silver: GBR Arthur Robertson
Bronze: USA John Eisele


Steeplechase racing was mostly popular in Great Britain, although steeplechase events had been on the Olympic program in both 1900 and 1904. But because the event was not held frequently outside of Britain, it was difficult to consider any challenger other than the British runners. The last five AAA titles in steeplechase had been won by [Arthur Russell] (1904-06), [Joseph English] (1907), and Reginald Noakes (1908). Noakes would later win the 1909 and 1911 AAA titles and English won again in 1910. English competed at the 1908 Olympics but did not finish the second heat. Noakes did not compete due to injury.

Four Britons, one American, and one Canadian qualified for the final. A notable non-qualifier was [Jim Lightbody] (USA), the 1904 Olympic champion, who finished second to [Harry Sewell] in heat six. In the final, at the bell, Arthur Russell, [Arthur Robertson], and [John Eisele] were together. Halfway through the last lap, Robertson took the lead, and Eisele was dropped with 220 yards remaining. Russell passed Robertson at the water jump and held on to win by 2 yards. Eisele did well to finish third as in training he had torn away a toe-nail and it was not certain he would compete.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arthur Russell 22 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Arthur Robertson 29 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 John Eisele 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Guy Holdaway 22 Great Britain GBR
5 Harry Sewell 25 Great Britain GBR
6 William Galbraith 23 Canada CAN
2 h1 r1/2 Massimo Cartasegna 22 Italy ITA
2 h4 r1/2 Gayle Dull 24 United States USA
2 h5 r1/2 Joseph Kinchin 23 Great Britain GBR
2 h6 r1/2 Jim Lightbody 26 United States USA
3 h5 r1/2 Roland Spitzer 22 United States USA
4 h5 r1/2 Charles Hall 21 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Gaston Ragueneau 26 France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Thomas Downing Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Edward Carr 30 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Louis Bonniot de Fleurac 31 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Frank Buckley Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Joe English 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Antal Lovas 23 Hungary HUN
AC h3 r1/2 Henry Barker Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r1/2 Richard Yorke 22 Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r1/2 George Bonhag 26 United States USA
AC h6 r1/2 John Fitzgerald 21 Canada CAN
AC h6 r1/2 Billy Grantham 27 Great Britain GBR