1908 London Olympic Games - Athletics Programme


          London 1908
Programme, Rules and Conditions of Competition


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Page 2: list of the 25 events (e.g. 3,200 metrres Steeplechase, Hop-Step-and-Jump, Putting the Weight, Tug of War…)

Page 3-4: competitor information, general rules, protests

Page 5-11: rules for each event

11 pages.

24.5 x 16.5 cm


The 1908 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the IV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in 1908 in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 April to 31 October 1908. These games were originally scheduled to be held in Rome, but were re-located on financial grounds following a disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906. They were the fourth chronological modern Olympic Games in keeping with the now-accepted four-year cycle as opposed to the proposed Intercalated Games alternate four-year cycle. The IOC president for these Games was Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Lasting a total of 187 days, or 6 months and 4 days, these games were the longest in modern Olympics history.

The 1908 Olympics also prompted establishment of standard rules for sports, and selection of judges from different countries rather than just the host. One reason was the 400 meter race, in which a US runner was accused of interfering with a British runner. Part of the problem was the different definition of interference under British and US rules. The race was re-run, but the Americans refused to participate. The British runner, Wyndham Halswelle, won by running around the track on his own, because three of the four original runners had been American, the only walkover in Olympic history.

American John Taylor was a member of the winning medley relay team, making him the first African-American athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.


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