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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 20, 1908
Date Finished: July 22, 1908

Gold: USA Charles Bacon
Silver: USA Harry Hillman
Bronze: GBR Jimmy Tremeer


In 1908 this event was rarely held a major national meets, though it had been contested at the Olympics of 1900 and 1904. Unlike the 400 metre flat race, this event was run in lanes. As in the 110 metre hurdles, an excessive number of heats was scheduled. Seven of the heats had just one starter, one heat was declared void as there were no starters at all, and the remaining four heats had just two starters. Hence, after 12 heats, only four runners had been eliminated.

In the first round, [Charles Bacon] (USA) set a new Olympic record of 57.0 and [Harry Hillman] (USA) improved the record to 56.4 in the second round. Hillman had been Olympic champion in this event in 1904. Bacon recaptured the Olympic record and set a new world of 55.0 in winning the final. There was a delay in announcing the result as Bacon had taken a wrong hurdle during the race. He regained the proper course at the next hurdle and the judges, after due consideration, decided that he had covered the correct distance. In third place in the final was [Jimmy Tremeer] (GBR) who had won the British 100 yard title in 1897.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charles Bacon 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 Harry Hillman 26 United States USA Silver
3 Jimmy Tremeer 33 Great Britain GBR Bronze
AC Leslie Burton 25 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r2/3 Harry Coe 22 United States USA
2 h3 r2/3 Frederick Harmer 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r2/3 Wyatt Gould 28 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r2/3 Evert Koops 23 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r2/3 Oswald Groenings 27 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r2/3 Nándor Kovács 26 Hungary HUN
AC h4 r2/3 Geoffrey Burton 22 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/3 Jack Densham 28 Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/3 Henry Murray 22 Australasia ANZ
2 h12r1/3 Henri Meslot 23 France FRA
AC h6 r1/3 Georges Dubois France FRA