Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The 1908 London Olympic Games

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. These games were originally scheduled to be held in Rome. At the time they were the fifth modern Olympic Games. However, the Athens Games of 1906 have since been downgraded by the International Olympic Committee and the 1908 Games are seen as the start of the Fourth Olympiad, in keeping with the now-accepted four-year cycle. The IOC president for these Games was Baron Pierre de Coubertin. (Wikipedia)

A Danish gymnast demonstrating the high jump. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Martin Sheridan of the USA preparing for the standing long jump event during a practice session. Sheridan won a silver medal at the 1906 Olympics in Athens and bronze medal two years later in London. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

South African athlete Reggie Walker, winner of the gold medal in the 100 metres. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Women competitors in the national round archery event, which was won by Sybil 'Queenie' Newall of Great Britain. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

W. Bean, Captain MacDonnell and Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon of the British fencing team. All three hold dueling pistols. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A referee closely watches the final of the light heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestling event. Verner Weckman of Finland won the gold medal, beating fellow countryman Yrjo Saarela. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The captains of the Swedish and English tug-of-war teams shake hands at Crystal Palace. The winning team of Liverpool policeman were criticised by opponents for wearing regulation steel-tipped boots. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Ray Ewry of the USA in action during the standing high jump event, for which he won the gold medal. (Photograph: SGI-UK)

W. H. Grenfell, Rocky Mountains, 1884. Grenfell, Lord Desborough of Taplow Court, was the driving force behind the first London Olympic Games. (Photograph: SGI-UK)

Lord Desborough, second from the right, with the English fencing team at Athens, 1906. It was shortly after this, when the team was in Italy, that Desborough offered the services of his country to take over the staging of the IV Olympiad. It had been due to take place in Rome, but the eruption of Vesuvius in 1906 destroyed large parts of Naples and funds were diverted to rebuild the city. (Photograph: SGI-UK)

The British cycling pursuit team, who won thegold medal at the 1908 Olympics over a distance of 1810.5 metres (later to become 4000 metres). Leonard Meredith, Ernest Payne, Charles Kingsbury, Benjamin Jones. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The City toastmaster using a megaphone at the 1908 London Olympic. (Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Competitors are examined by a doctor before taking part in the marathon. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) 

A racing clerk assists the Italian runner Dorando Pietri across the finish line in the marathon, at the White City stadium. Pietri was first past the post after taking a wrong turning and receiving medical attention for a fall. Although disqualified, he received a gold cup for his efforts from Queen Alexandra. (Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)

A 1908 poster promoting public appearances by Dorando Pietri. (Photograph: SGI-UK)

Lord Desbrough makes a speech to the Henley gathering while Lady Desborough sits close by. (Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

In the 400 metres, Wyndham Halswelle had to run alone as the Americans refused to take part in the re-run. He remains the only British athlete to have the full collection of gold, silver and bronze medals. He was killed by a sniper in 1915 at Neuve Chapelle. (Photograph: SGI-UK)

(via Guardian)

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