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Memorial

1908 Olympics 1908 Olympics

Credit for this entry to:
Alison Kelly of the BBC.

Monument: 1908 Olympics

Erection date: 24/5/2005

Inscription

1908, the Great Stadium, Shepherd’s Bush

Medal winners
{All lines appear in the format we give for GB but for ease of reading we have abbreviated this format for the other countries.}

Great Britain: 56 gold, 51 silver, 38 bronze {didn't we do well?}
US of America: 23, 12, 12
Sweden: 8, 6, 11
France: 5, 5, 9
Germany: 3, 5, 6
Hungary: 3, 4, 2
Canada: 3, 3, 10
Norway: 2, 3, 3
Italy: 2, 2, 0
Belgium: 1, 5, 2
Australasia: 1, 2, 2
Russia: 1, 2, 0
Finland: 1, 1, 3
South Africa: 1, 1, 0
Greece: 0, 2, 3
Bohemia: 0, 0, 2
Netherlands: 0, 0, 2
Austria: 0, 0, 1 

{Below this is given the full medal winners list.  We very quickly spotted an error:  the women’s archery gold medal winner is given here as ‘Sybil Fenton Quenni Newall’, rather than, the correct, ‘Queenie’.  This gives us an excellent excuse not to transcribe this very long list but provide the Wikipedia link instead.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_1908_Summer_Olympics_medal_winners .}

This memorial was unveiled by Comte Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee on the occasion of the centenary of the British Olympic Association, May 24th 2005. 

The unveiling was hosted by BBC Director-General Mark Thompson and attended by Sir Stephen Redgrave.

Site: 1908 Olympics (1 memorial)

W12, Wood Lane, 201, BBC building

Across the ground in front of this display a line marks the position of the athletics finishing line in that long-gone stadium. The location of this line was dictated by the siting of the Royal Box and, it is said, that explains why the distance for a marathon race is 26 miles and 385 yards.

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1908 Olympics

Information Subjects commemorated

50846

1908 Olympics & Stadium

The original plan was that Italy would host these games but in 1906 they drop...

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50845

British Olympic Association

Formed in the House of Commons.

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50847

Comte Jacques Rogge

Elected President of the International Olympic Committee in 2001 and 10 years...

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