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1908 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's 3200 m Steeplechase

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Winner in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 17, 1908
Date Finished: July 18, 1908
(Competitors: 24, Countries: 6; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Overview by IAAF  1908_olympic_stadium.jpg
There were six heats, with Russell the fastest winner in 10:56.2, and Lightbody and Bonhag the most notable names of those eliminated. Holdaway was the early leader, but was soon supplanted by Russell and Galbraith. The latter began to fade after halfway, and Eisele challenged Russell for the lead. The American led at the bell, but faded as Russell went away, with the Briton challenged by his teammate Robertson, who lost by two yards, with Eisele 25 yards behind.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
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.
 
 
Results
3200 m Steeplechase Men Final 18 July
Holdaway was the first to lead, but did not do so for long. Galbraith and Russell were the leaders for most of the first half of the race, until Galbraith fell back and Eisele joined Russell at the front. After the bell, Robertson passed Eisele and nearly caught Russell, trailing by only two yards when the two crossed the finish line.

File:London 1908 Steeplechase.jpg

1908 Summer Olympics in London: The water jump in the steeplechase

Arthur Russell finishing first in front of Archie Robertson.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.47.8 Arthur Russell Great Britain GBR 22
2 10.48.8 Arthur Robertson Great Britain GBR 29 at 4 yds
3 11.00.8 John Eisele United States USA 24 at 35 yds
4 11.26.0 Guy Holdaway Great Britain GBR 22 11.26.0est
5 Harry Sewell Great Britain GBR
6 William Galbraith Canada CAN 23
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat One 17 July
Russell won easily, with Cartasegna being the only other competitor to finish. Downing was disqualified for incorrectly clearing the first water jump, Ragueneau retired on the second lap, and Carr injured his ankle.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.56.2 Q Arthur Russell Great Britain GBR 22
2 11.15.0 Massimo Cartasegna Italy ITA 22
AC DNF Gaston Ragueneau France FRA 26
AC DNF Edward Carr United States USA 30
AC DQ Thomas Downing Great Britain GBR
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat Two 17 July
Eisele was the only one to finish. Fleurac led early, but was caught before the water jump and pulled up lame, while English fell.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.13.6 Q John Eisele United States USA 24
AC DNF Antal Lovas Hungary HUN 23
AC DNF Louis Bonniot de Fleurac France FRA 31
AC DNF Frank Buckley Great Britain GBR
AC DNF Joseph English Great Britain GBR
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat Three 17 July
Barker pulled up lame, leaving Galbraith with the win
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.12.4 Q William Galbraith Canada CAN 23
AC DNF Henry Barker Great Britain GBR
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat Four 17 July
With Yorke being disqualified for obstruction and Bonhag injured, the race was between Robertson and Dull. Dull led at first, but Robertson passed him and won by two hundred yards.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.10.0 Q Arthur Robertson Great Britain GBR 29
2 11.50.0 Gayle Dull United States USA 24 11.50.0est / at 220 yds
AC DNF George Bonhag United States USA 26
AC DQ Richard Yorke Great Britain GBR 22
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat Five 17 July
The Americans had little chance of catching up with Holdaway and Kinchin; Holdaway was a hundred yards ahead at the finish.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.18.8 Q Guy Holdaway Great Britain GBR 22
2 11.44.0 Joseph Kinchin Great Britain GBR 23 11.44.0est / at 100 yds
3 Roland Spitzer United States USA 22
4 Charles Hall United States USA 21
3200 m Steeplechase Men Round One Heat Six 17 July
Fitzgerald fell and Grantham pulled up lame. Sewell and Lightbody competed right up to the finish, and Sewell pulled away at the end to win a tight race by less than ten yards.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.30.2 Q Harry Sewell Great Britain GBR
2 11.41.0 Jim Lightbody United States USA 26 at 10 yds
AC DNF John Fitzgerald Canada CAN 21
AC DNF W. Grantham Great Britain GBR
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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