The 1908 Olympic Games in London marked the fourth edition of the modern Olympics. Originally scheduled to be held in Rome, the venue was changed to London due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The games were organized with relatively short notice but proved to be highly successful. The 1908 Olympics introduced several important innovations, including the first standardized opening ceremony, using national flags during medal ceremonies, and establishing an official Olympic Stadium. The event showcased various sporting disciplines, including athletics, gymnastics, swimming, cycling, boxing, and more. Notably, the marathon distance was officially set at 26.2 miles for the first time. The 1908 Olympics were memorable for their sportsmanship and international participation, setting new standards for future Olympic events.