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Gymnastics at the 1908 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 16, 1908
Events: 2

Participants: 325 (325 men and 0 women) from 13 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Stanislao Di Chiara (16 years, 203 days)
Oldest Participant: NED Jan de Boer (49 years, 149 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 97 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 6 countries with 1 medal


Very little is known about the gymnastics events of the 1908 Olympic Games. There was an individual and a team event, both held in the infield of the White City Stadium. The contests were conducted under the rules of Amateur Gymnastic Association of Great Britain.

It should be noted that in the team competition, it does not appear that the current system of distributing Olympic medals was followed. Per the Official Report, the first place team received a gold medal, and the team members each received silver medals. The second place team received a silver medal and the team members each received bronze medals. No prize is mentioned for the third place team.

We have not been able to obtain complete results for the individual gymnastics event, and it is the only event at the 1908 Olympic Games for which these results are not available. Be assured it has not been from a lack of effort. Our sources consulted in an effort to find these results include the following: Official Report, The Sporting Life, all major British and American newspapers, multiple Olympic record books, the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), the National Governing Bodies of gymnastics for every nation which competed in 1908 gymnastics, Olympic historians for every country which competed in 1908 gymnastics, the gymnastics historians of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany, and gymnastics magazines from 1908 in the United States, France, Great Britain, and Germany.

The results must exist somewhere, as is evident from Tony Bijkerk and Ruud Paauw's book on Dutch Olympians, Gouden Boek van de Nederlandse Olympiers, which contains the placements for all the Dutch gymnasts.