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  • News | London 1908

    Thubron wins first and last motor boat racing gold

    “Of all the many events held by the British Olympic Association these were the most unfortunate as regards the weather,” wrote the Official Report of the Motor Boats competition, which was held as an official Olympic sport for the first and only time in 1908.
    29 Aug 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Taylor helps USA to poignant medley relay gold

    Taylor’s story is touched by tragedy, but his feat has resonated across generations and will reach more: he was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal when he helped the USA medley relay team to their victory on 25 July 1908.
    25 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Three Taylor-made triumphs in the pool

    Until 2008, Henry Taylor was Great Britain’s most prolific gold medallist at an Olympic Games – his prowess in the pool setting a standard that would, astonishingly, not be bettered for an entire century.
    25 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Halswelle wins controversial 400m gold

    Wyndham Halswelle could reasonably have expected to mount a strong challenge in London after finishing second in the Intercalated Games two years previously, but few could have foreseen the manner in which he won his only gold medal in front of his home crowd.
    23 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    African trailblazer Walker sprints to glory

    Sending a huge delegation of athletes overseas 107 years ago was not straightforward. And while participation numbers in London were up on 1904, it was still an issue.The case of South African teenager Reggie Walker, who was just 19 when he competed in London, was a high-profile one. He was his country’s reigning 100m champion, a feat achieved while working as a bank clerk, but was not expected to make a huge impact at the Olympics. No African had yet won a medal at a Games, and Walker almost missed out on the chance to have a go himself.
    20 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Larner takes long walk into the history books

    Two other events that only featured at London 1908 were the 3,500m walk and the 10 miles walk, both of which were held in mid-July. Great Britain’s George Larner won both and remains the holder of each title  to this day.
    17 Jul 1908 | London 1908
  • News | Athens 1896

    Masson takes the velodrome by storm

    The 21-year-old Frenchman Paul Masson arrived in Athens without any significant international pedigree. Yet he took the track cycling events at the newly built Neo Phaliron Velodrome by storm, winning three of the six titles on offer: the 2km sprint, the 10km and the one-lap time trial.
    11 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Cycling, France
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