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Not held in other editions
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3,500 metres Walk, Men

Date14 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationWhite City Stadium, London
Participants25 from 8 countries

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.

PosNrWalkerNOC
1George LarnerGBRGold
2Ernie WebbGBRSilver
3Harry KerrANZBronze
4George GouldingCAN
5Albert RowlandANZ
6Charles VestergaardDEN
7Einar RothmanSWE
ACBill PalmerGBR
ACRalph HarrisonGBR
4 h1 r1/2Paul GuniaGER
4 h2 r1/2Willem WinkelmanNED
4 h3 r1/2Ernest LarnerGBR
5 h1 r1/2Sydney SarelGBR
5 h2 r1/2István DrubinaHUN
5 h3 r1/2Jack ButlerGBR
6 h1 r1/2Arne HøjmeDEN
6 h2 r1/2Piet RuimersNED
6 h3 r1/2Richard WilhelmGER
7 h1 r1/2Jo GoetzeeNED
7 h3 r1/2Jan HuijgenNED
AC h1 r1/2Bill BrownGBR
AC h1 r1/2Alfred YeoumansGBR
AC h1 r1/2Piet SoudynNED
AC h2 r1/2Richard QuinnGBR
AC h2 r1/2James ReidGBR

Round One (14 July 1908 — 11:00)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosWalkerNOCTime
1George LarnerGBR15:32.0Q
2Harry KerrANZ16:02.2Q1
3Bill PalmerGBR16:33.0Q
4Paul GuniaGER16:38.0
5Sydney SarelGBR17:06.0
6Arne HøjmeDEN17:23.4
7Jo GoetzeeNED17:37.8
ACBill BrownGBRDQ
ACAlfred YeoumansGBRDQ
ACPiet SoudynNED

Heat Two

PosWalkerNOCTime
1Ernie WebbGBR15:17.2Q
2Charles VestergaardDEN17:07.0Q
3Einar RothmanSWE17:40.2Q
4Willem WinkelmanNED17:57.6
5István DrubinaHUN18:44.6
6Piet RuimersNED18:44.6
ACRichard QuinnGBRDQ
ACJames ReidGBRDQ

Heat Three

PosWalkerNOCTime
1George GouldingCAN15:54.0Q
2Ralph HarrisonGBR16:04.4Q
3Albert RowlandANZ16:08.6Q2
4Ernest LarnerGBR16:10.0
5Jack ButlerGBR16:17.0
6Richard WilhelmGER17:33.8
7Jan HuijgenNED17:43.0

Final (14 July 1908 — 15:30)

PosWalkerNOCTime
1George LarnerGBR14:55.0
2Ernie WebbGBR15:07.4
3Harry KerrANZ15:43.43
4George GouldingCAN15:49.8
5Albert RowlandANZ16:07.04
6Charles VestergaardDEN17:21.8
7Einar RothmanSWE17:50.0
ACBill PalmerGBRDNF
ACRalph HarrisonGBRDQ