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3,200 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date17 – 18 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants24 from 6 countries

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1Arthur RussellGBR10:56.2 (1 h1)10:47.8 (1)Gold
2Arthur RobertsonGBR11:10.0 (1 h4)10:48.8est / at 4 yards (2)Silver
3John EiseleUSA11:13.6 (1 h2)11:00.8est / at 35 yards (3)Bronze
4Guy HoldawayGBR11:18.8 (1 h5)11:26.0est (4)
5Harry SewellGBR11:30.2 (1 h6)– (5)
6William GalbraithCAN11:12.4 (1 h3)– (6)
2 h1 r1/2Massimo CartasegnaITA11:15.0 (2 h1)
2 h4 r1/2Gayle DullUSA11:50.0est / at 220 yards (2 h4)
2 h5 r1/2Joe KinchinGBR11:44.0est / at 100 yards (2 h5)
2 h6 r1/2Jim LightbodyUSA11:41.0 / at 10 yards (2 h6)
3 h5 r1/2Roland SpitzerUSA– (3 h5)
4 h5 r1/2Charles HallUSA– (4 h5)
AC h1 r1/2Gaston RagueneauFRA– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Tom DowningGBR– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Edward CarrUSA– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2Louis Bonniot de FleuracFRA– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Fred BuckleyGBR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Joe EnglishGBR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Antal LovasHUN– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2Harry BarkerGBR– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/2Richard YorkeGBR– (AC h4)
AC h4 r1/2George BonhagUSA– (AC h4)
AC h6 r1/2Jimmy FitzgeraldCAN– (AC h6)
AC h6 r1/2Billy GranthamGBR– (AC h6)
DNSHobart YoungUSA
DNSGuy HaskinsANZ
DNSFloyd RoweUSA
DNSHermann WraschtilAUT
DNSJack TaitCAN
DNSPaul LizandierFRA
DNSJohn DalyGBR
DNSEmilio LunghiITA
DNSCharles HefferonRSA
DNSJohn HalsteadUSA
DNSLloyd JonesUSA
DNSHerb TrubeUSA

Round One (17 July 1908 — 17:00)

Winner in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arthur RussellGBR10:56.2Q
2Massimo CartasegnaITA11:15.0
ACGaston RagueneauFRADNF
ACEdward CarrUSADNF
ACTom DowningGBRDQ

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1John EiseleUSA11:13.6Q
ACAntal LovasHUNDNF
ACLouis Bonniot de FleuracFRADNF
ACFred BuckleyGBRDNF
ACJoe EnglishGBRDNF

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1William GalbraithCAN11:12.4Q
ACHarry BarkerGBRDNF

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arthur RobertsonGBR11:10.0Q
2Gayle DullUSA11:50.0est / at 220 yards
ACGeorge BonhagUSADNF
ACRichard YorkeGBRDQ

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Guy HoldawayGBR11:18.8Q
2Joe KinchinGBR11:44.0est / at 100 yards
3Roland SpitzerUSA
4Charles HallUSA

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Harry SewellGBR11:30.2Q
2Jim LightbodyUSA11:41.0 / at 10 yards
ACJimmy FitzgeraldCANDNF
ACBilly GranthamGBRDNF

Final (18 July 1908 — 14:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arthur RussellGBR10:47.8
2Arthur RobertsonGBR10:48.8est / at 4 yards
3John EiseleUSA11:00.8est / at 35 yards
4Guy HoldawayGBR11:26.0est
5Harry SewellGBR
6William GalbraithCAN