The fourth Olympic Games took place in London, England, between 27 April and 31 October 1908, a period of just over six months, making these the longest of the 30 modern Olympic Games. Twenty-two nations sent athletes to compete, and in total just over 2000 athletes participated. Twenty of these nations had competed in at least one of the three previous Olympics, although there were two nations competing for the first time; Finland and Turkey. Athletes from New Zealand were also competing for the first time since they were part of an Australasian team. The athletes competed across 23 sports and 110 events, which ‘not only made the 1908 Games the largest Olympics to date, but also the largest international sports gathering ever staged.’1


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