1908 Summer Olympics

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The 1908 Summer Olympics (officially the Games of the IV Olympiad and also known as London 1908) were an international multi-sport event held in London, England, United Kingdom, from 27 April to 31 October 1908.[2] The 1908 Games were originally scheduled to be held in Rome, but were relocated on financial grounds following the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906, which claimed over 100 lives; Rome eventually hosted the Games in 1960.[3]

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Games of the IV Olympiad
Programme for the 1908 Summer Olympics
Host cityLondon, United Kingdom
Athletes2,008 (1,971 men, 37 women)
Events110 in 22 sports (24 disciplines)
Opening27 April 1908
Closing31 October 1908
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StadiumWhite City Stadium

These were the fourth chronological modern Summer Olympics in keeping with the now-accepted four-year cycle as opposed to the alternate four-year cycle of the proposed Intercalated Games. The IOC president for these Games was Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

Lasting a total of 187 days (six months and four days), these were the longest Games in modern Olympics history.

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