London 1908

First-time medallists

As first African nation South Africa achieved immediately two medals in London, thereunder a golden one by the 100 m sprinter Reginald Walker, just at the age of 19 years at that time. The Russian tsardom received also its first medals. The figure skater Nikolai Panin was awarded the first gold medal for his home country in the special figures.
Now the first officially accepted gold medals were awarded by Finland and Norway that had only Olympic winners in the intercalated games of Athens in 1906. Norway could give proof its abilites in shooting and got two gold medals by Albert Helgerud in the free rifle and by the Norwegian team. Verner Weckman has won for Finland in the light heavyweight of the Graeco-Roman wrestling.