Canada's 1908 men's lacrosse team

London 1908

Team Canada Medal Count

Gold medal icon 3
Silver medal icon 3
Bronze medal icon 10

Flag Bearers

Opening Ceremony

Games Summary

Games of the IV Olympiad

Originally awarded to Rome, the 1908 Olympic Games were reassigned to London in 1906 when it became apparent that the Italian city was not prepared and money from the government had to be diverted to rescue and recovery efforts following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

For the first time ever, a main stadium (White City Stadium) was constructed especially for the Games, playing host to the Opening Ceremony, athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, archery, fencing, and wrestling. These were also the first Olympic Games to include a winter sport, as figure skating was contested thanks to the availability of artificial ice. The now-official marathon distance of 42 kilometres and 195 metres was created to ensure that the race which started at Windsor Castle would finish below the Royal Box in the White City Stadium.

Another first was the introduction of the Parade of Athletes in the Opening Ceremony, as national teams marched behind the flags of their respective countries.

It was also at London 1908 that Pierre de Coubertin conceived of the idea for the Olympic Creed, inspired by a sermon by Ethelbert Talbot, Bishop of Central Pennsylvania, at a service for Olympic athletes at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Canada’s 91 athletes won 16 medals, which included a trio of double medallists: Robert Kerr (athletics, 200m gold and 100m bronze); Walter Ewing (shooting, trap gold and team trap silver); George Beattie (shooting, trap silver and team trap silver). The shooting duo gave Canada it’s first ever 1-2 finish in Olympic competition, a feat that would not be matched until the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Canada also won its second straight Olympic gold medal in lacrosse.

Olympic Oath (athletes): none

Olympic Oath (officials): none

Olympic Oath (coaches): none

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: none

Official Opening: His Majesty King Edward VII

Canadian Medallists

Event Athlete Finish Sport
200m - MenRobert KerrGoldAthletics
MenPatrick Brennan, John Broderick, George Campbell, Angus Dillon, Frank Dixon, Richard Duckett, C. Fyon, Thomas Gorman, Ernest Hamilton, Henry Hoobin, A. Mara, Clarence McKerrow, D. McLeod, George Rennie, Alexander TurnbullGoldLacrosse
Trap - MenWalter EwingGoldShooting
Triple Jump - MenJ. Garfield MacDonaldSilverAthletics
Team Trap - MenD. McMackon, A.W. Westover, George Beattie, Mylie Fletcher, George Vivian, Walter EwingSilverShooting
Trap - MenGeorge BeattieSilverShooting
Long Jump - MenCalvin BrickerBronzeAthletics
100m - MenRobert KerrBronzeAthletics
Pole Vault - MenEdward ArchibaldBronzeAthletics
Hammer Throw - MenCon WalshBronzeAthletics
Team Pursuit - MenWilliam Anderson, Walter Andrews, Frederick McCarthy, William MortonBronzeCycling - Track
Team Military Rifle - MenD. McInnis, S.H. Kerr, B.M. Williams, Charles Crowe, William Eastcott, William SmithBronzeShooting
54kg - MenAubert CôtéBronzeWrestling - Freestyle
Coxed Eight - MenGordon Balfour, Becher Gale, Douglas Kertland, Walter Lewis, Charles Riddy, Irvine Robertson, Geoffrey Taylor, Julius Thomson, Joseph WrightBronzeRowing
Coxless Four - MenGordon Balfour, Becher Gale, Charles Riddy, Geoffrey TaylorBronzeRowing
Coxless Pair - MenF.P. Toms, Norwey JackesBronzeRowing