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1908 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's 3500 m Walk

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Top three finishers in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 14, 1908
Date Finished: July 14, 1908
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 8; Finalists: 9)
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Overview by IAAF
Larner (15:32.0), Webb (15:17.2) and Goulding (15:54.0) were the heat winners and the only men under 16 minutes. In the final Webb led for the first 800m and was then joined by Larner. At halfway Larner began to pull away from Webb, and he won by just under 50m in 14:55.0 (12:47 pace for 3000m).
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Ernie Webb led on the first lap but was caught on lap two by George Larner. They pulled away from the field and walked together for the first mile. At that point, Larner slowly drew away and eventually won by 12 seconds, a margin of about 45 yards.
George Larner did not begin race walking until 1903 when he was already 28 years old. He quickly won four AAA walking championships and set nine world records, and then retired. He was convinced to return for the 1908 Olympics where he won both walk races. He competed sporadically after the Olympics both as a cross-country runner and in race walking, but he retired shortly before the 1912 Olympics.
 
 
Results
3500 m Walk Men Final 14 July
Webb, Goulding, and Harrison were the early leaders. Harrison was disqualified shortly after Larner passed him. By the end of the first mile, the top four spots had solidified into the final positions. Larner had passed the field, bumping Webb to second place, while Kerr had managed to overtake Goulding.
The start of the final.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.55.0 George Larner Great Britain GBR 33
2 15.07.4 Ernie Webb Great Britain GBR 34
3 15.43.4 Harry Kerr Australasia ANZ 29
4 15.49.8 George Goulding Canada CAN 22
5 16.07.0 Albert Rowland Australasia ANZ 22
6 17.21.8 Charles Vestergaard Denmark DEN 24
7 17.50.0 Einar Rothman Sweden SWE 20
AC DNF Bill Palmer Great Britain GBR 26
AC DQ Ralph Harrison Great Britain GBR
3500 m Walk Men Round One Heat One 14 July
Larner led the entire race.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.32.0 Q George Larner Great Britain GBR 33
2 16.02.2 Q Harry Kerr Australasia ANZ 29
3 16.33.0 Q Bill Palmer Great Britain GBR 26
4 16.38.0 Paul Gunia Germany GER 23
5 17.06.0 Sydney Sarel Great Britain GBR 35
6 17.23.4 Arne Højme Denmark DEN 23
7 17.37.8 Jo Goetzee Netherlands NED 24
AC DQ Bill Brown Great Britain GBR
AC DQ Alfred Yeoumans Great Britain GBR 31
AC Piet Soudyn Netherlands NED 28
3500 m Walk Men Round One Heat Two 14 July
Webb had little competition, leading from the start and winning by nearly 2 minutes.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.17.2 Q Ernie Webb Great Britain GBR 34
2 17.07.0 Q Charles Vestergaard Denmark DEN 24
3 17.40.2 Q Einar Rothman Sweden SWE 20
4 17.57.6 Willem Winkelman Netherlands NED 20
5 18.44.6 István Drubina Hungary HUN 23
6 18.44.6 Piet Ruimers Netherlands NED 23
AC DQ Richard Quinn Great Britain GBR 25
AC DQ John Reid Great Britain GBR
3500 m Walk Men Round One Heat Three 14 July
As in the other two heats, the winner led from the beginning. Unlike in the others, however, this race became close as Harrison made a late attempt to pass Goulding. Goulding finished strongly to fend off Harrison, winning by 10 seconds.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.54.0 Q George Goulding Canada CAN 22
2 16.04.4 Q Ralph Harrison Great Britain GBR
3 16.08.6 Q Albert Rowland Australasia ANZ 22
4 16.10.0 Ernest Larner Great Britain GBR 27
5 16.17.0 Jack Butler Great Britain GBR
6 17.33.8 Richard Wilhelm Germany GER
7 17.43.0 Jan Huijgen Netherlands NED 19
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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