1908 Summer Olympics

Games of the IV Olympiad, celebrated in London (United Kingdom) in 1908

The 1908 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the IV Olympiad,[2] were held in London, United Kingdom.[3]

Games of the IV Olympiad
Programme for the 1908 Summer Olympics
Host cityLondon, England, United Kingdom
Athletes2,008 (1,971 men, 37 women)
Events110 in 22 sports (24 disciplines)
Opening27 April
Closing31 October
Opened by
StadiumWhite City Stadium
St. Louis 1904 Stockholm 1912
Parade of national teams at 1908 games

The Olympics were originally scheduled to be held in Rome; however, Mount Vesuvius erupted on 7 April 1906. The natural disaster caused a financial strain on the Italian government. Then the venue was changed to London. The costs of the games were covered by donations.[4]

Participating nations


A total of 22 nations sent athletes to compete at the London games.[5] They were:



Countries at the 1908 Olympics
  1. "Factsheet - Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad" (PDF) (Press release). International Olympic Committee. 13 September 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. At the time, they were the fifth modern Olympic games. However, it was later decided that the 1906 Summer Olympics would not be considered an official Olmpiad.
  3. Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "1908 London Summer Games" Archived 2020-04-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-7-23.
  4. Zarnowski, C. Frank. "A Look at Olympic Costs," Archived 2018-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Citius, Altius, Fortius (US). Summer 1992, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 20 [5 of 17 PDF]; retrieved 2012-7-24.
  5. Taking part in the games for the first time were Argentina, Finland, Turkey, and New Zealand (as part of the team from Australasia).

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