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  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Kolehmainen crowned king of the track

    No track athlete had a better record at the 1912 Games than the Finn Hannes Kolehmainen, who took home three gold medals and set the same number of Olympic records. He could claim to be the first great distance runner of the Olympic Games, winning the 5,000m, 10,000m and individual cross country events in thrilling fashion – while also taking a silver in the team cross country discipline, which was effectively decided by aggregating the results achieved by a country’s competitors in the individual race.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Speed merchant Craig claims sprint double

    The Detroit-born athlete, Ralph Craig, was originally a hurdling specialist, but in Stockholm he showed his sprinting aptitude to devastating effect.
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | London 1908

    A triumph for the hosts across the board

    The 1908 Games closed with a final banquet, held in central London on October 31. Lord Desborough addressed the delegates present, saying that the Olympiad had “brought together from nearly every country of the world a trained body of athletes, who have striven together amicably in what was, I think, the best adapted arena which has ever been constructed for the purpose since the history of athletics began”.
    31 Oct 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Syers skates to landmark gold

    Women were not yet permitted to participate in athletics events at the Olympics, but they competed in what was a landmark event for the Games when figure skating joined the list of events in 1908.
    28 Oct 1908 | London 1908
  • 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
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