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200 metres, Men

Date21 – 23 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants43 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 21.6 / Archie Hahn USA / 31 August 1904

The Olympic record was 22.2, set by Walter Tewksbury (USA) in winning the gold medal at Paris in 1900. Though there was no official body to recognize world records, the fastest time on record was the 21.4 by John Maybury of the United States, set at the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Meet in 1897. Neither the United States nor Great Britain had produced a dominant long sprinter, as the most recent AAA and AAU championships had been spread among several different runners. But the 1908 AAA title had recently been won by the Irish-born Canadian, Bobby Kerr, who had also won the Canadian AAU title from 1906-08. Kerr’s family had moved to Hamilton, Ontario when he was 17 years old, in 1899. By 1907 he was the greatest Canadian sprinter to date, winning over 40 events in that year alone.

The two fastest heat winners were Kerr (22.2) and the American Bill Hamilton (22.4). Both runners were drawn in the same heat in the semi-finals where Kerr was the winner in a close race and Hamilton was eliminated. Kerr went on to win the final and with the South African, Reggie Walker, winning the 100 metres, the United States failed to win either sprint for the first time. This is a relatively rare occurrence at the Olympics and has only been repeated in 1928, 1960, 1972, and 1980.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1Bobby KerrCAN22.2 (1 h11)22.6 (1 h1)22.6 (1)Gold
2Bobby CloughenUSA23.4 (1 h8)22.6 (1 h3)22.6est / at 2 feet (2)Silver
3Nate CartmellUSA23.0 (1 h4)22.6 (1 h2)22.7est (3)Bronze
4George HawkinsGBR22.8 (1 h15)22.6 (1 h4)22.9est (4)
2 h1 r2/3Frank HamiltonUSA22.4 (1 h10)22.7est (2 h1)
2 h2 r2/3Nate ShermanUSA22.8 (1 h12)22.9est / at 1½ yards (2 h2)
2 h3 r2/3Lionel ReedGBR23.2 (1 h13)22.8est / at 1 yard (2 h3)
2 h4 r2/3Paddy RocheGBR22.8 (1 h3)22.6est / at 1 foot (2 h4)
3 h1 r2/3Károly RadóczyHUN– (1 h7)22.8est / at 1 foot (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3Harry HuffUSA22.8 (1 h2)23.0est / close behind (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/3Jack GeorgeGBR23.4 (1 h1)– (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/3Géo MalfaitFRA22.6 (1 h5)– (3 h4)
4 h1 r2/3Oscar GuttormsenNOR– (1 h14)– (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/3Sam HurdsfieldGBR23.6 (1 h9)– (4 h3)
1 h6 r1/3Sven LåftmanSWE23.8 (1 h6)
2 h1 r1/3Victor HennyNED24.6est / at 10 yards (2 h1)
2 h2 r1/3Eddie DuffyRSA23.2est / at 1½ yards (2 h2)
2 h3 r1/3Lawson RobertsonUSA23.0est / at 1 yard (2 h3)
2 h4 r1/3Vilmos RáczHUN23.3est / at 2 yards (2 h4)
2 h5 r1/3Robert DuncanGBR23.1est / at 4 yards (2 h5)
2 h6 r1/3Frigyes Wiesner-MezeiHUN24.0est / at 2 yards (2 h6)
2 h8 r1/3Umberto BarozziITA24.1est / at 6 yards (2 h8)
2 h9 r1/3Mikhail PaskhalidisGRE24.0est / at 1½ yards (2 h9)
2 h10 r1/3Lou SebertCAN22.8est / at 3 yards (2 h10)
2 h11 r1/3Willie MayUSA22.7est / at 2½ yards (2 h11)
2 h12 r1/3Jack MortonGBR23.1est / at 2 yards (2 h12)
2 h13 r1/3Arthur HoffmannGER23.5est / at 2½ yards (2 h13)
2 h15 r1/3Henri MeslotFRA23.2est / at 3 yards (2 h15)
3 h2 r1/3Henk van der WalNED– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3Frank LukemanCAN– (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3Ragnar StenbergFIN– (3 h4)
3 h6 r1/3Ernestus GrevenNED– (3 h6)
3 h10 r1/3Henry PankhurstGBR– (3 h10)
3 h11 r1/3Jimmy StarkGBR– (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/3Edi SchöneckerAUT– (3 h12)
3 h15 r1/3Jacobus HoogveldNED– (3 h15)
4 h2 r1/3Knut StenborgSWE– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Evert KoopsNED– (4 h3)
4 h10 r1/3Pál SimonHUN– (4 h10)
4 h11 r1/3Knut LindbergSWE– (4 h11)
4 h12 r1/3Cornelis den HeldNED– (4 h12)
5 h10 r1/3Fernand HalbartBEL– (5 h10)
5 h11 r1/3Emilio BrambillaITA– (5 h11)
DNSJay WhithamUSA
DNSGaszton ToldyHUN
DNSJenő BartkóHUN
DNSKornél ScheerHUN
DNSLudwig HussakAUT
DNSSandór VeresHUN
DNSCharles HervocheFRA
DNSUuno RailoFIN
DNSC. VondracekBOH
DNSGéza GráberHUN
DNSLászló LichteneckertHUN
DNSRichard MasonUSA
DNSErvin DéryHUN
DNSGeorges DuboisFRA
DNSPierre FailliotFRA
DNSG. LamotteFRA
DNSWyndham HalswelleGBR
DNSWilliam MurrayGBR
DNSHarry WatsonGBR
DNSKarl BechlerGER
DNSWilly KohlmeyGER
DNSHeinrich RehderGER
DNSOtto TrieloffGER
DNSHermann von BönninghausenGER
DNSDimitrios MullerGRE
DNSErnő SchubertHUN
DNSBertie PhillipsRSA
DNSReggie WalkerRSA
DNSJohn AtleeUSA
DNSEdgar KiralfyUSA
DNSJames RectorUSA
DNSVincent DunckerRSA

Round One (21 July 1908 — 11:00)

Winner in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Jack GeorgeGBR23.4Q
2Victor HennyNED24.6est / at 10 yards

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Harry HuffUSA22.8Q
2Eddie DuffyRSA23.2est / at 1½ yards
3Henk van der WalNED
4Knut StenborgSWE

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Paddy RocheGBR22.8Q
2Lawson RobertsonUSA23.0est / at 1 yard
3Frank LukemanCAN
4Evert KoopsNED

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Nate CartmellUSA23.0Q
2Vilmos RáczHUN23.3est / at 2 yards
3Ragnar StenbergFIN

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Géo MalfaitFRA22.6Q
2Robert DuncanGBR23.1est / at 4 yards

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Sven LåftmanSWE23.8Q
2Frigyes Wiesner-MezeiHUN24.0est / at 2 yards
3Ernestus GrevenNED

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Károly RadóczyHUNQwalkover

Heat Eight

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Bobby CloughenUSA23.4Q
2Umberto BarozziITA24.1est / at 6 yards

Heat Nine

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Sam HurdsfieldGBR23.6Q
2Mikhail PaskhalidisGRE24.0est / at 1½ yards

Heat Ten

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Frank HamiltonUSA22.4Q
2Lou SebertCAN22.8est / at 3 yards
3Henry PankhurstGBR
4Pál SimonHUN
5Fernand HalbartBEL

Heat Eleven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Bobby KerrCAN22.2QOR
2Willie MayUSA22.7est / at 2½ yards
3Jimmy StarkGBR
4Knut LindbergSWE
5Emilio BrambillaITA

Heat Twelve

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Nate ShermanUSA22.8Q
2Jack MortonGBR23.1est / at 2 yards
3Edi SchöneckerAUT
4Cornelis den HeldNED

Heat Thirteen

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Lionel ReedGBR23.2Q
2Arthur HoffmannGER23.5est / at 2½ yards

Heat Fourteen

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Oscar GuttormsenNORQwalkover

Heat Fifteen

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1George HawkinsGBR22.8Q
2Henri MeslotFRA23.2est / at 3 yards
3Jacobus HoogveldNED

Semi-Finals (22 July 1908 — 10:15)

Winner in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Bobby KerrCAN22.6Q
2Frank HamiltonUSA22.7est
3Károly RadóczyHUN22.8est / at 1 foot
4Oscar GuttormsenNOR

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Nate CartmellUSA22.6Q
2Nate ShermanUSA22.9est / at 1½ yards
3Harry HuffUSA23.0est / close behind

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Bobby CloughenUSA22.6Q
2Lionel ReedGBR22.8est / at 1 yard
3Jack GeorgeGBR
4Sam HurdsfieldGBR

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1George HawkinsGBR22.6Q
2Paddy RocheGBR22.6est / at 1 foot
3Géo MalfaitFRA

Final (23 July 1908 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Bobby KerrCAN22.6
24Bobby CloughenUSA22.6est / at 2 feet
32Nate CartmellUSA22.7est
41George HawkinsGBR22.9est