Australasia at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Australasia At The 1908 Summer Olympics

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Australasia at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Australasia was the name of a combined team from Australia and New Zealand that competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England. It was the fourth appearance of Australia, which had not missed any edition of the Summer Olympic Games, and the first appearance of New Zealand. The two would compete together again as Australasia at the 1912 Summer Olympics before competing separately at every edition of the Summer Games since. In 1908 there were 3 New Zealanders, Harry Kerr, Henry St Aubyn Murray and Arthur Rowland (a fourth New Zealander, hurdler Arthur Halligan, competed for Great Britain)Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications, all other competitors were Australian.





Results by event


Australasia's best athletics result, and only medal, was Harry Kerr's bronze medal in the 3500 metre walk.


Australasia had one boxer in 1908, the middleweight Reginald Baker. He took the silver medal, and was the only non-British boxer to win a bout.


Baker, the silver medal-winning middleweight boxer, also dove in the springboard event, placing 22nd of 23 overall.


Australasia won the only rugby union match played in 1908 against......
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