United States at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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United States at the
1908 Summer Olympics
US flag 45 stars.svg
Flag of the United States (despite receiving the 46th star on July 4, 1908 after Oklahoma gained statehood, the 45-star flag was used in the early days of the games)
IOC code USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
in London
Competitors112
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
23
Silver
12
Bronze
12
Total
47
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The United States competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England. During the opening ceremony, American athletes did not dip their flag to the British royalty in support of the Irish boycott over Great Britain's refusal to grant Irish independence. [1]

Contents

Medalists

MedalNameSportEventDate
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Mel Sheppard Athletics Men's 800 m July 21
Men's 1500 m July 14
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Johnny Hayes Athletics Men's marathon July 24
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Forrest Smithson Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles July 25
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Charles Bacon Athletics Men's 400 m hurdles July 22
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Nathaniel Cartmell , William Hamilton,
John Taylor, Mel Sheppard
Athletics Men's medley relay July 25
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Frank Irons Athletics Men's long jump July 22
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Harry Porter Athletics Men's high jump July 21
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Edward Cook Athletics Men's pole vault July 24
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Alfred Carlton Gilbert
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Ray Ewry Athletics Men's standing long jump July 20
Men's standing high jump July 23
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Ralph Rose Athletics Men's shot put July 16
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Martin Sheridan Athletics Men's discus throw July 16
Men's Greek discus July 18
Gold medal icon.svg Gold John Flanagan Athletics Men's hammer throw July 14
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Jay Gould II Jeu de paume May 23
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Charles Benedict , Kellogg Casey, Ivan Eastman,
William Leushner, William Martin, Charles Winder
Shooting Men's military rifle, team July 11
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Walter W. Winans Shooting Men's double-shot running deer July 10
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Charles Axtell , Irving Calkins,
John Dietz, James Gorman
Shooting Men's 50 yd free pistol, team July 11
Gold medal icon.svg Gold Charles Daniels Swimming Men's 100 m freestyle July 20
Gold medal icon.svg Gold George Mehnert Wrestling Men's freestyle bantamweight July 20
Gold medal icon.svg Gold George Dole Wrestling Men's freestyle featherweight July 22
Silver medal icon.svg Silver James Rector Athletics Men's 100 m July 22
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Robert Cloughen Athletics Men's 200 m July 23
Silver medal icon.svg Silver John Garrels Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles July 24
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Harry Hillman Athletics Men's 400 m hurdles July 22
Silver medal icon.svg Silver George Bonhag , John Eisele, Herbert Trube Athletics Men's 3 miles team race July 15
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Daniel Kelly Athletics Men's long jump July 22
Silver medal icon.svg Silver John Biller Athletics Men's standing high jump July 23
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Merritt Giffin Athletics Men's discus throw July 18
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Matt McGrath Athletics Men's hammer throw July 14
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Bill Horr Athletics Men's Greek discus July 18
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Kellogg Casey Shooting Men's 1000 yd free rifle July 9
Silver medal icon.svg Silver Harry Simon Shooting Men's 300 m free rifle, three positions July 11
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Henry B. Richardson Archery Men's double York round July 18
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Nathaniel Cartmell Athletics Men's 200 metres July 23
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Joseph Forshaw Athletics Men's marathon July 24
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Arthur Shaw Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles July 25
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze John Eisele Athletics Men's 3200 m steeplechase July 18
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Clare Jacobs Athletics Men's pole vault July 24
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze John Garrels Athletics Men's shot put July 16
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Bill Horr Athletics Men's discus throw July 16
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Martin Sheridan Athletics Men's standing long jump July 20
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze George Gaidzik Diving Men's 3 m springboard July 18
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze James Gorman Shooting Men's 50 yd free pistol July 10
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Charles Daniels , Leo Goodwin,
Harry Hebner, Leslie Rich
Swimming Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay July 20

Results by event

Archery

The United States had one archer present in 1908. The 19-year-old Richardson had already won an Olympic bronze medal, in the team event at the 1904 Summer Olympics. He competed in both events open to men, taking the bronze medal in the York rounds and 15th place in the Continental style.

EventPlaceArcherScore
Men's double York round 3rd Henry B. Richardson 760
Men's Continental style 15thHenry B. Richardson171

Athletics

American track & field athletes continued to dominate the sport, taking more than twice as many championships as the next most successful nation, host Great Britain.

Running

EventPlaceAthleteHeatsSemifinalsFinal
Men's 100 metres 2nd James Rector 10.8 seconds (=OR)
1st, heat 15
10.8 seconds (=OR)
1st, semifinal 3
10.8 seconds (=OR)
4th Nate Cartmell 11.0 seconds
1st, heat 3
11.2 seconds
1st, semifinal 4
11.0 seconds
Semi-
finalist
William W. May 11.2 seconds
1st, heat 6
11.0 seconds
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Harold Huff 11.4 seconds
1st, heat 12
11.1 seconds
2nd, semifinal 3
Lawson Robertson 11.4 seconds
1st, heat 13
11.2 seconds
2nd, semifinal 4
Nathaniel Sherman 11.2 seconds
1st, heat 14
11.3 seconds
2nd, semifinal 2
Lester Stevens 11.2 seconds
1st, heat 8
Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
Robert Cloughen 11.0 seconds
1st, heat 5
Did not start
—, semifinal 1
William Hamilton 11.2 seconds
1st, heat 11
Did not start
—, semifinal 2
Heats Edgar Kiralfy Unknown
4th/5th, heat 4
Did not advance
Men's 200 metres 2ndRobert Cloughen23.4 seconds
1st, heat 8
22.6 seconds
1st, semifinal 3
22.6 seconds
3rdNate Cartmell23.0 seconds
1st, heat 4
22.6 seconds
1st, semifinal 2
22.7 seconds
Semi-
finalist
William Hamilton22.4 seconds
1st, heat 10
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Nathaniel Sherman22.8 seconds
1st, heat 12
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 2
Harold Huff22.8 seconds
1st, heat 2
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
HeatsLawson RobertsonUnknown
2nd, heat 3
Did not advance
William W. MayUnknown
2nd, heat 11
Men's 400 metres Finalist [2] John Taylor 50.8 seconds
1st, heat 4
49.8 seconds
1st, semifinal 3
Did not start
William Robbins 50.4 seconds
1st, heat 7
49.0 seconds
1st, semifinal 4
Did not start
John Carpenter 49.8 seconds
1st, heat 14
49.4 seconds
1st, semifinal 1
Disqualified
Semi-
finalist
Horace Ramey 51.0 seconds
1st, heat 9
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Ned Merriam 52.2 seconds
1st, heat 13
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 1
John Atlee 50.4 seconds
1st, heat 11
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
William C. Prout 50.4 seconds
1st, heat 8
Unknown
4th, semifinal 2
Heats Paul Pilgrim Unknown
2nd, heat 1
Did not advance
Frederick de Selding Unknown
2nd, heat 15
Men's 800 metres 1st Mel Sheppard None held1:58.0
1st, semifinal 2
1:52.8 (OR)
6th John Halstead 2:01.4
1st, semifinal 3
Unknown
7-8 Clarke Beard 1:59.2
1st, semifinal 5
Did not finish
Semi-
finalist
Harry Coe Unknown
2nd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Joseph Bromilow Unknown
2nd, semifinal 7
Lloyd Jones Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
Francis Sheehan Unknown
3rd, semifinal 8
James Lightbody Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
Charles French Did not finish
—, semifinal 5
Horace RameyDid not finish
—, semifinal 7
Men's 1500 metres 1stMel SheppardNone held4:05.0 (OR)
1st, semifinal 2
4:03.4 (=OR)
7-8 James P. Sullivan 4:07.6
1st, semifinal 1
Did not finish
Semi-
finalist
James LightbodyUnknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
John HalsteadUnknown
2nd, semifinal 2
Harry CoeUnknown
2nd, semifinal 4
Frank Riley Did not finish
—, semifinal 3
Men's 110 metre hurdles 1st Forrest Smithson 15.8 seconds
1st, heat 10
15.4 seconds (OR)
1st, semifinal 2
15.0 seconds (WR)
2nd John Garrels 16.2 seconds
1st, heat 2
15.8 seconds
1st, semifinal 4
15.7 seconds
3rd Arthur Shaw Walkover
1st, heat 14
15.6 seconds
1st, semifinal 1
15.8 seconds
4th William Rand 15.8 seconds
1st, heat 5
15.8 seconds
1st, semifinal 3
16.0 seconds
Semi-
finalist
Leonard Howe 15.8 seconds
1st, heat 13
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Men's 400 metre hurdles 1st Charles Bacon 57.0 seconds (OR)
1st, heat 3
58.8 seconds
1st, semifinal 2
55.0 seconds (OR)
2nd Harry Hillman 59.2 seconds
1st, heat 6
56.4 seconds (OR)
1st, semifinal 1
55.3 seconds
Semi-
finalist
Harry Coe58.8 seconds
1st, heat 2
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Men's 3200 metre steeplechase 3rd John Eisele None held11:13.6
1st, semifinal 2
11:00.8
Semi-
finalist
Gale Dull Unknown
2nd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
James LightbodyUnknown
2nd, semifinal 6
Roger Spitzer Unknown
3rd, semifinal 5
Charles Hall Unknown
4th, semifinal 5
Edward Carr Did not finish
—, semifinal 1
George Bonhag Did not finish
—, semifinal 4
Men's medley relay 1stWilliam Hamilton
Nate Cartmell
John Taylor
Mel Sheppard
None held3:27.2
1st, semifinal 3
3:29.4
Men's 3 mile team race [3] 2ndJohn EiseleNone held14:55.0
2 points, team=10
14:41.8
4 points, team=19
George Bonhag14:56.4
5 points, team=10
15:05.0
6 points, team=19
Herbert Trube 14:55.0
3 points, team=10
15:11.0
9 points, team=19
No placeGale Dull15:37.4
No score, team=10
15:27.0
No score, team=19
Harvey Cohn Did not start
No score, team=10
15:40.2
No score, team=19
Men's 5 miles 8th Frederick Bellars None heldUnknown
2nd, semifinal 2
Unknown
10-12Edward CarrUnknown
2nd, semifinal 3
Did not start
Semi-
finalist
Charles HallUnknown
4th, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Men's marathon 1st Johnny Hayes None held2:55:18.4
3rd Joseph Forshaw 2:57:10.4
4th Alton Welton 2:59:44.4
9th Lewis Tewanima 3:09:15.0
14th Sidney Hatch 3:17:52.4
Tom Morrissey Did not finish
Michael Ryan Did not finish
J. J. Lee Did not start
Frederick Lorz Did not start
W. O'Mara Did not start
Alexander Thibeau Did not start
W. WoodDid not start

Jumping

EventPlaceAthleteHeight/
Distance
Men's high jump 1st Harry Porter 1.90 metres
5th Herbert Gidney 1.85 metres
Tom Moffitt 1.85 metres
7th Neil Patterson 1.83 metres
Men's long jump 1st Frank Irons 7.48 metres
2nd Daniel Kelly 7.09 metres
4th Edward Cook 6.97 metres
5th John Brennan 6.86 metres
7th Frank Mount Pleasant 6.82 metres
12th Sam Bellah 6.64 metres
21-32 John O'Connell Unknown
Men's triple jump 5th Platt Adams 14.07 metres
6thFrank Mount Pleasant13.97 metres
8thJohn Brennan13.59 metres
9th Martin Sheridan 13.42 metres
16thFrank Irons12.67 metres
17thSam Bellah12.55 metres
18-20Nathaniel ShermanUnknown
Men's pole vault 1stEdward Cook3.71 metres
Alfred Carlton Gilbert 3.71 metres
3rd Clare Jacobs 3.58 metres
6thSam Bellah3.50 metres
12th Thomas Jackson 3.05 metres
Men's standing high jump 1st Ray Ewry 1.57 metres
2nd John Biller 1.55 metres
4th Leroy Holmes 1.52 metres
5thPlatt Adams1.47 metres
8thFrank Irons1.42 metres
16thMartin Sheridan1.37 metres
19-23Lawson RobertsonUnknown
Men's standing long jump 1stRay Ewry3.33 metres
3rdMartin Sheridan3.23 metres
4thJohn Biller3.21 metres
6thPlatt Adams3.11 metres
Leroy Holmes3.11 metres
8-25Frank IronsUnknown
Sigmund Muenz Unknown

Throwing

EventPlaceAthleteDistance
Men's shot put 1st Ralph Rose 14.21 metres
3rdJohn Garrels13.18 metres
4th Wesley Coe 13.07 metres
6th Bill Horr 12.83 metres
8th Lee Talbott 11.63 metres
9-25 Wilbur Burroughs Unknown
Martin SheridanUnknown
Men's discus throw 1stMartin Sheridan40.89 metres
2nd Merritt Giffin 40.70 metres
3rdBill Horr39.45 metres
5th Arthur Dearborn 38.52 metres
6thLee Talbott38.40 metres
9th John Flanagan 37.80 metres
10thWilbur Burroughs37.43 metres
12-42Platt AdamsUnknown
John GarrellsUnknown
Simon Gillis Unknown
Men's hammer throw 1stJohn Flanagan51.92 metres
2nd Matthew McGrath 51.18 metres
5thLee Talbott47.86 metres
6thBill Horr46.97 metres
7thSimon Gillis45.59 metres
10-19 Benjamin Sherman Unknown
Men's Greek discus 1stMartin Sheridan37.99 metres
2ndBill Horr37.32 metres
4thArthur Dearborn35.65 metres
8thWilbur Burroughs32.81 metres
11-23Platt AdamsUnknown
John GarrelsUnknown

Cycling

EventPlaceCyclistHeatsSemifinalsFinal
Men's 660 yards Semi-
finalist
George Cameron 1:05.2
1st, heat 15
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Men's 20 kilometres 4th Louis Weintz None held33:39.8
1st, semifinal 3
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
George Cameron33:39.2
2nd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Men's 100 kilometres Louis WeintzNone heldDid not finish
—, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Men's sprint Semi-
finalist
George Cameron1:29.4
1st, heat 8
Unknown
2-4, semifinal 2
Did not advance
HeatsLouis WeintzUnknown
3rd, heat 13
Did not advance
Men's team pursuit UnknownDid not start
—, heat 2
Did not advance

Diving

The Americans sent two divers in 1908. Gaidzik made it to the finals in both diving events, after a successful protest in the platform competition. He won a bronze medal in the springboard after tying with the third-place German diver.

EventPlaceDiverPreliminary
groups
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's 10 metre platform 5th George Gaidzik 81.80 points
1st, group 1
61.0 points
3rd, semifinal 2
56.30 points
18th Harold Grote 62.80 points
3rd, group 5
Did not advance
Men's 3 metre springboard 3rdGeorge Gaidzik82.80 points
1st, group 1
85.60 points
1st, semifinal 2
80.80 points
9thHarold Grote79.50 points
2nd, group 5
74.50 points
5th, semifinal 2
Did not advance

Figure skating

EventPlaceSkaterScore
Men's individual 6th Irving Brokaw 232.0

Jeu de paume

In the jeu de paume competition, Gould won the gold medal while Sands was eliminated in the first round by the eventual silver medallist.

EventPlacePlayerRound
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final/
Bronze match
Jeu de paume 1st Jay Gould ByeDefeated Pennell
6-3, 6-3, 6-2
Defeated Page
6-1, 6-0, 6-0
Defeated Miles
6-5, 6-4, 6-4
9th Charles Sands Lost to Miles
6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Did not advance
Opponent nationWinsLossesPercent
Great Britain 31.750
Total31.750

Shooting

EventPlaceShooterScore
Men's 1000 yard free rifle 2nd Kellogg Casey 93
11th William Leuschner 89
13th Charles Benedict 88
Ivan Eastman 88
Charles Jeffers 88
16th Charles Winder 87
19th Harry Simon 86
24th Edward Greene 84
John Hessian 84
Men's 300 metre free rifle 2ndHarry Simon887
16thEdward Greene792
29thJohn Hessian746
Men's team military rifle 1stWilliam Leuschner
William Martin
Charles Winder
Kellogg Casey
Ivan Eastman
Charles Benedict
2537
Men's moving target small-bore rifle 10th Walter Winans 13
Men's disappearing target small-bore rifle 19thWalter Winans30
Men's single-shot running deer 6thWalter Winans21
Men's double-shot running deer 1stWalter Winans46
Men's individual pistol 3rd James Gorman (sport shooter) 485
4th Charles Axtell 480
8th Irving Calkins 457
9th John Dietz 455
19th Thomas LeBoutillier 436
21st Reginald Sayre 430
38thWalter Winans368
Men's team pistol 1stJames Gorman
Irving Calkins
John Dietz
Charles Axtell
1914

Swimming

EventPlaceSwimmerHeatsSemifinalsFinal
Men's 100 metre freestyle 1st Charles Daniels 1:05.8
1st, heat 5
1:10.2
1st, semifinal 2
1:05.6
4th Leslie Rich 1:14.6
1st, heat 9
1:10.8
2nd, semifinal 2
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
Harry Hebner 1:11.0
1st, heat 6
1:11.8
3rd, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Heats Conrad Trubenbach Unknown
3-5, heat 2
Did not advance
Robert Foster Unknown
3-4, heat 4
Men's 400 metre freestyle Heats Budd Goodwin Unknown
3rd, heat 1
Did not advance
Conrad TrubenbachUnknown
3rd, heat 4
Men's 1500 metre freestyle Heats James Green 28:09.0
2nd, heat 5
Did not advance
Men's 100 metre backstroke Heats Augustus Goessling 1:29.0
2nd, heat 6
Did not advance
Men's 200 metre breaststroke HeatsAugustus GoesslingUnknown
3rd, heat 2
Did not advance
Men's 4x200 metre freestyle relay 3rdHarry Hebner
Budd Goodwin
Charles Daniels
Leslie Rich
None held11:01.4
2nd, semifinal 2
11:02.8

Tug of war

EventPlaceAthletesQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
Tug of war5th Wilbur Burroughs, Wesley Coe, Arthur Dearborn, John Flanagan,
Bill Horr, Matthew McGrath, Ralph Rose, Lee Talbott
Lost to
Great Britain
Liverpool Police
Did not advance

Wrestling

EventPlaceWrestlerRound
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Freestyle bantamweight 1st George Mehnert ByeDefeated
Sprenger
Defeated
Côté
Defeated
Press
Freestyle featherweight 1st George Dole Defeated
Cockings
Defeated
Webster
Defeated
McKie
Defeated
Slim
Freestyle lightweight 5th John Krug Defeated
Hoy
Lost to
Wood
Did not advance
Freestyle middleweight 5th John Craige ByeLost to
Andersson
Did not advance
Frederico Narganes ByeLost to
Beck
Freestyle heavyweight 9th Lee Talbott Lost to
O'Kelly
Did not advance
Opponent nationWinsLossesPercent
Canada 101.000
Great Britain 73.700
Sweden 01.000
Total84.667

Notes

  1. About.com, The History of the Olympics: 1908 - London, England
  2. Carpenter was disqualified for interference in the first running of the final, prompting a second running. Taylor and Robbins were eligible to run, but refused in protest against the exclusion of Carpenter.
  3. The 3 mile team race used a point-for-place system with only the top three runners from each 5-man team counting. The International Olympic Committee only considers those three (Eisele, Bonhag, and Trube for the United States) to be medallists.

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