Who won the Olympic marathon in 1908?

Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men’s marathon

Men’s marathon at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Competitors 55 from 16 nations
Winning time 2:55:18.4 OR
Johnny Hayes United States Charles Hefferon South Africa Joseph Forshaw United States

Who won the Summer Olympics in 1908?


Event Gold Silver
1500 metres Mel Sheppard United States Harold Wilson Great Britain
5 miles Emil Voigt Great Britain Edward Owen Great Britain
Marathon Johnny Hayes United States Charles Hefferon South Africa
110 metres hurdles Forrest Smithson United States John Garrels United States

What Olympic Games were in 1908?

The 1908 Olympic games were held in London, Great Britain. There were 22 sports on the program, up from 16 at the last Olympics in 1904. Dropped were the sports of golf, roque and weightlifting, and added were Field Hockey, Figure Skating, sailing, shooting, Jeu de paume, polo, Rackets, Rugby union, water motorsports.

Who won the 1912 Olympic marathon?

Ken McArthur
Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men’s marathon

Men’s marathon at the Games of the V Olympiad
Competitors 68 from 19 nations
Winning time 2:36:54.8 OR
Ken McArthur South Africa Christian Gitsham South Africa Gaston Strobino United States

Who was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal?

John Baxter Taylor
1. John Baxter Taylor. U.S. Olympian John Baxter Taylor in a 1908 portrait. Taylor won gold at the 1908 London Olympic Games as a member of America’s 1600-meter (one mile) relay team.

What happened in the 1908 Olympic?

The most memorable event of the 1908 Games was the marathon. The Games Organising Committee fixed the distance of the marathon at 42km and 195m, the last 195 metres being added on to justify the route from Windsor Castle to the royal box in the London stadium. This distance became official from the 1924 Games onwards.

Why was the 1908 Olympics so long?

In previous Olympics the length of the marathon had been around 40 km (24.85 miles) but in 1908 a 42 km (26.10 miles) course was decided upon, starting at Windsor Castle (as the King had requested that his grandchildren see the start of the race) to White City Stadium.

What happened in the year 1908?

The year 1908 began at midnight when a 700-pound “electric ball” fell from the flagpole atop the New York Times building—the first-ever ball-drop in Times Square. It ended 366 days later (1908 was a leap year) with a nearly two-and-a-half-hour flight by Wilbur Wright, the longest ever made in an airplane.

Who was the slowest person in the world?

Shizo Kanakuri

Personal information
Nationality Japanese
Born 20 August 1891 Nagomi, Kumamoto, Japan
Died 13 November 1983 (aged 92) Tamana, Kumamoto, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

What caused the 1908 Olympics to be held in London?

31, 1908. The London Games were the fourth occurrence of the modern Olympic Games. The 1908 Olympic Games originally were scheduled for Rome, but, with Italy beset by organizational and financial obstacles, it was decided that the Games should be moved to London.

Who is Dorando Pietri?

Dorando Pietri ( Italian pronunciation: [doˈrando ˈpjɛːtri]; often wrongly spelt Petri; 16 October 1885 – 7 February 1942) was an Italian long-distance runner. He finished first in the marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London but was subsequently disqualified.

Why did Dorando Pietri retire after the 1908 Olympics?

In the Olympic race he retired due to intestinal illness when he was leading by 5 minutes. In 1907 he won the Italian championships. He was by then the undisputed leader of Italian long distance races from 5000 metres to marathon distance. Dorando Pietri trained hard for the 1908 Olympics in London.

How fast did Pietri run in the 1908 Olympics?

Dorando Pietri trained hard for the 1908 Olympics in London. In a race in Carpi he ran 40 km (25 mi) in 2 hours and 38 minutes, an extraordinary result for the times.