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Sprint, 1,000 metres, Men

Date16 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants40 from 9 countries
FormatTime limit 1:45.0.

No medals were awarded in this race because, in the final, the time limit was exceeded. The best description of the final comes from The Sporting Life, “This was a fiasco, for not only was the race declared void through the time limit being exceeded, but, in addition, Clarrie Kingsbury and Victor Johnson punctured. The former was thrown out of the race before half a lap had been covered, and Johnson’s mishap occurred at the beginning of the last banking. Most of the work was done on the banks at a crawl, but in spite of the red flag being shown the competitors, they continued the same rate of progression. They were hopelessly outside the time limit when the sprint came, when, with Johnson puncturing, Naurice Schilles and Ben Jones rode out an inches finish. The Frenchman got there by two or three inches. No official placing was given.” Other sources noted that Schilles won the race by a few inches.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
AC r2/2Maurice SchillèsFRADQ
AC r2/2Victor JohnsonGBRDQ
AC r2/2Ben JonesGBRDQ
AC r2/2Clarrie KingsburyGBRDQ
2 h1 r2/3Karl NeumerGER
2 h3 r2/3Émile DemangelFRA
2 h4 r2/3Guglielmo MorisettiITA
3 h1 r2/3Floris VenterRSA
3 h3 r2/3Joe LaveryGBR
3 h4 r2/3André AuffrayFRA
4 h1 r2/3Paul TexierFRA
AC h2 r2/3Ernie PayneGBR
AC h2 r2/3Dan FlynnGBR
AC h2 r2/3George CameronUSA
2 h1 r1/3Gerard Bosch van DrakesteinNED
2 h2 r1/3André PoulainFRA
2 h3 r1/3Andrew HanssonSWE
2 h4 r1/3Pierre SeginaudFRA
2 h5 r1/3Dorus NijlandNED
2 h7 r1/3Richard VillepontouxFRA
2 h8 r1/3Philip FreylinckRSA
2 h9 r1/3William MortonCAN
2 h12 r1/3Émile MaréchalFRA
2 h13 r1/3George SummersGBR
2 h14 r1/3Anton GerritsNED
2 h15 r1/3Gaston DelaplaneFRA
3 h1 r1/3Guglielmo MalatestaITA
3 h2 r1/3Johnnie MatthewsGBR
3 h4 r1/3Paul SchulzeGER
3 h7 r1/3Bill BaileyGBR
3 h8 r1/3Herbert CrowtherGBR
3 h12 r1/3Bruno GoetzeGER
3 h13 r1/3Louis WeintzUSA
4 h4 r1/3Fred McCarthyCAN
4 h8 r1/3Gaston DreyfusFRA
AC h6 r1/3Willie MageeGBR
AC h6 r1/3Hermann MartensGER
AC h6 r1/3Johannes van SpengenNED
AC h16 r1/3Frank ShoreRSA
AC h16 r1/3Georges PerrinFRA

Round One (16 July 1908 — 15:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Victor JohnsonGBR1:33.8Q
2Gerard Bosch van DrakesteinNEDat 2 lengths
3Guglielmo MalatestaITA

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Floris VenterRSA1:33.2Q
2André PoulainFRAat one wheel
3Johnnie MatthewsGBR

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Maurice SchillèsFRA1:38.4Q
2Andrew HanssonSWEat 1 length

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Dan FlynnGBR1:30.2Q
2Pierre SeginaudFRAat 2 lengths
3Paul SchulzeGER
4Fred McCarthyCAN

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Ernie PayneGBR1:32.0Q
2Dorus NijlandNEDat 1½ lengths

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
ACWillie MageeGBR1
ACHermann MartensGER
ACJohannes van SpengenNED

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Karl NeumerGER1:33.2Q
2Richard VillepontouxFRAat 2 lengths
3Bill BaileyGBR

Heat Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1George CameronUSA1:29.4Q
2Philip FreylinckRSAat 2 lengths
3Herbert CrowtherGBR
4Gaston DreyfusFRA

Heat Nine

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Émile DemangelFRA1:35.2Q
2William MortonCANat 2½ lengths

Heat Ten

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1André AuffrayFRA1:23.6walkoverQ

Heat Eleven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Guglielmo MorisettiITA1:21.4walkoverQ

Heat Twelve

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Ben JonesGBR1:35.0Q
2Émile MaréchalFRAat 1 length
3Bruno GoetzeGER

Heat Thirteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Paul TexierFRA1:31.0Q
2George SummersGBRat nearly 2 lengths
3Louis WeintzUSA

Heat Fourteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Joe LaveryGBR1:41.0Q
2Anton GerritsNEDeasily

Heat Fifteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Clarrie KingsburyGBR1:27.4Q
2Gaston DelaplaneFRA

Heat Sixteen

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
ACFrank ShoreRSA2
ACGeorges PerrinFRA

Semi-Finals (16 July 1908 — 16:45)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Victor JohnsonGBR1:27.4Q
2Karl NeumerGERby inches
3Floris VenterRSA
4Paul TexierFRA

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Maurice SchillèsFRA1:38.8Q
ACErnie PayneGBRover 1 length
ACDan FlynnGBR
ACGeorge CameronUSA

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Ben JonesGBR1:40.8Q
2Émile DemangelFRAat ½ wheel
3Joe LaveryGBR

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Clarrie KingsburyGBR1:35.6Q
2Guglielmo MorisettiITAat 2 lengths
3André AuffrayFRA

Final Round (16 July 1908 — 17:30)

Match 1/2 (17:30)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
ACMaurice SchillèsFRA3
ACVictor JohnsonGBR
ACBen JonesGBR
ACClarrie KingsburyGBR