Sporting Highlights for 1908

The major sporting highlight in the world of sport for 1908 was the Olympic Games held in London, Great Britain from April to October.

The British Olympic Association prepared for the Olympics with just two years notice. The 1908 Games were first scheduled to be held in Rome, though the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1906 required the Games to move from Rome to London. There were more than 2,000 competitors in over 100 events.

Figure skating made its first appearance at the Summer Games, an event which would later become a big part of the Winter Olympics. The British royal family requested that the marathon start at the Windsor Castle so that the royal children could witness its start. The distance from the Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium was 42,195 meters (or 26 miles and 385 yards), which later became the standardized length of a marathon. In the marathon race, the exhausted Dorando Pietri was helped across the line in first place, but was later disqualified.

Wimbledon final 1908 Gore-vs-BarretWimbledon final 1908 Gore-vs-Barret

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1908.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Fred Alexander
April 27 - Oct 31 Olympic Games were held in London, Great Britain.
June Golf US Open won by Fred McLeod
Jun 22 - July 1 Tennis Wimbledon won by Arthur Gore (men's) and Charlotte Sterry (women's)
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
July Golf The Open Championship won by James Braid
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by Bill Larned and Maud B. Wallach
Oct The Baseball World Series won by Chicago Cubs

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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