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5,000 metres, Men

Date17 – 18 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants42 from 8 countries

This was a tremendous race. At the bell, the Dutchman, Gerard Bosch von Drakestein jumped the field and was not caught until the final straight. Ben Jones then passed him, taking a length’s lead. But the Frenchmen Maurice Schilles and André Auffray were in rabid pursuit and only failed by inches to catch Jones at the line. Schilles entered a protest, claiming that Jones had collided with him on the last lap, but it was disallowed. This was Jones’ second gold medal of the Olympics, as he helped the British pursuit team to the title.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ben JonesGBRGold
2Maurice SchillèsFRASilver
3André AuffrayFRABronze
4Émile MaréchalFRA
5Clarrie KingsburyGBR
6Johannes van SpengenNED
7Gerard Bosch van DrakesteinNED
2 h1 r1/2Dan FlynnGBR
2 h2 r1/2Fred McCarthyCAN
2 h3 r1/2Hermann MartensGER
2 h4 r1/2Willie MageeGBR
2 h5 r1/2Karl NeumerGER
2 h6 r1/2Guglielmo MorisettiITA
2 h7 r1/2Charlie ClarkGBR
3 h1 r1/2Guglielmo MalatestaITA
3 h2 r1/2Anton GerritsNED
3 h3 r1/2Philip FreylinckRSA
3 h4 r1/2Paul TexierFRA
3 h5 r1/2Cesare ZanzotteraITA
3 h6 r1/2Dorus NijlandNED
3 h7 r1/2Will AndersonCAN
4 h1 r1/2Pierre SeginaudFRA
4 h3 r1/2Bruno GoetzeGER
4 h6 r1/2Gaston DreyfusFRA
5 h3 r1/2William MortonCAN
AC h1 r1/2Bill BaileyGBRDNF
AC h2 r1/2Ernie PayneGBRDNF
AC h2 r1/2Émile DemangelFRADQ
AC h4 r1/2Harry PassmoreRSA
AC h4 r1/2André PoulainFRA
AC h5 r1/2Georgius DamenNED
AC h5 r1/2Max GoetzeGER
AC h5 r1/2Joe LaveryGBR
AC h5 r1/2Gaston DelaplaneFRA
AC h5 r1/2Frank ShoreRSA
AC h5 r1/2Richard VillepontouxFRA
AC h6 r1/2Walt AndrewsCAN
AC h6 r1/2Albert CalvertGBR
AC h7 r1/2Guillaume CoeckelbergBEL
AC h7 r1/2Richard KatzerGER
AC h7 r1/2Georges PerrinFRA
AC h7 r1/2Floris VenterRSA

Round One (17 July 1908 — 16:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Johannes van SpengenNED8:39.8Q
2Dan FlynnGBRat 2/3rds length
3Guglielmo MalatestaITA
4Pierre SeginaudFRA
ACBill BaileyGBRDNF

Heat Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Émile MaréchalFRA9:01.4Q
2Fred McCarthyCAN
3Anton GerritsNED
ACErnie PayneGBRDNF
ACÉmile DemangelFRADQ

Heat Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1André AuffrayFRA8:56.8Q
2Hermann MartensGERat 1 length
3Philip FreylinckRSA
4Bruno GoetzeGER
5William MortonCAN

Heat Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Gerard Bosch van DrakesteinNED8:42.8Q
2Willie MageeGBRby inches
3Paul TexierFRA
ACHarry PassmoreRSA
ACAndré PoulainFRA

Heat Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Ben JonesGBR9:08.8Q
2Karl NeumerGERat 1 length
3Cesare ZanzotteraITA
ACGeorgius DamenNED
ACMax GoetzeGER
ACJoe LaveryGBR
ACGaston DelaplaneFRA
ACFrank ShoreRSA
ACRichard VillepontouxFRA

Heat Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Clarrie KingsburyGBR8:53.0Q
2Guglielmo MorisettiITAat 1½ lengths
3Dorus NijlandNED
4Gaston DreyfusFRA
ACWalt AndrewsCAN
ACAlbert CalvertGBR

Heat Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Maurice SchillèsFRA7:55.4Q
2Charlie ClarkGBRjust over 1 length
3Will AndersonCAN
ACGuillaume CoeckelbergBEL
ACRichard KatzerGER
ACGeorges PerrinFRA
ACFloris VenterRSA

Final Round (18 July 1908 — 14:45)

Match 1/2 (14:45)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Ben JonesGBR8:36.2
2Maurice SchillèsFRAby inches
3André AuffrayFRAwithin inches
4Émile MaréchalFRA
5Clarrie KingsburyGBR
6Johannes van SpengenNED
7Gerard Bosch van DrakesteinNED