Rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics

In the IV 1908 Olympic Games four competitions were held in rowing. On the Wearing these were located at the traditional route of the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on -Thames, about 60 kilometers west of the center of London.

Since the 1.5 miles ( 2414 m) long stretch on the Thames was very close, only two boats could compete against each other. There were the rules of the Amateur Rowing Association of England for use. There were in all competitions no race for third place.

It should be noted, is that unlike all other sports only the gold medals were awarded; the mentioned silver and bronze medals are fictional and are solely for comparability with other Olympic Games.


Date: July 28 to 31

For this competition came at nine rowers from six countries. Prior to the actual heats of qualifying for the eighth place forward took place, won by the German of Gaza. However, this was eliminated in the semifinals. The final hit of the 40 -year-old Black Taffe its half as old compatriot McCulloch by a length.

Two coxless

Date: 28, July 30 and 31

It was attended by four boats from three countries in this competition. Therefore, no heats were necessary and the contest began simultaneously with the two semi-finals. In the final two boats of the Leander Club of Henley-on -Thames stood opposite; Fenning / Thomson won clearly with 2 ½ lengths ahead of Fairbairn / Verdon.

Coxless four

Date: 28th and July 31st

The competition was attended by four boats from three countries. In the semifinals, the two British teams put clear by against foreign competition. In the final, led up to half the distance of the Leander Club of Henley-on -Thames, but the team of Magdalen College took on and eventually won by 1 ½ lengths ahead.


Date: July 29 to 31

It had indeed filed eight teams, but the start of the heats appeared only six, as the Italians had withdrawn two boats. The aft of the Royal Club Nautique de Gand was the only foreign, which reached the final at this rowing competitions. In the final, but sat by the Leander Club of Henley-on -Thames.