The 400m final at the 1908 Olympics remains in history

His start was too late at the 1908 Olympics in London, the rivalry between the USA and Britain team was intense.

In the final of the 400m race, where only 4 runners were allowed, the Americans were John Carpenter, William Rubens and John Taylor, Britain’s opponents Halswell. The recent win was attributed to American Carpenter’s runner. But the Rulers noted that the American was preventing the British runner from Halswell from overcoming him by gradually moving to the right where Halswell wanted to pass. After a long debate between US and British officials, Carpenter was excluded and the race was decided again after two days of rest.

But Taylor and Robins refused to participate in support of their citizens. Thus, Halswell won the race and became an Olympic champion in 50 seconds without a rival for the first and only time in the history of the Olympic Games. This accident was the cause of the construction of corridors for the 400-meter races.

A re-race event in the Olympic Games happened again and in the same field. This was during the 400m final at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976.

Hamimi Hadj-Sahraoui

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