Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlon

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Men's decathlon
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Hugo Wieslander.jpg Jim Thorpe1912 Olympics.jpg
Gold medalists Hugo Wieslander and Jim Thorpe
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 13–15
Competitors 29 from 12 nations
Gold medal    United States
Gold medal    Sweden
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    Sweden
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Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
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Track events
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The men's decathlon was a track and field athletics event held as part of the athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second time the event, which debuted at the 1904 Summer Olympics, was held. The competition was held from Saturday, July 13, 1912 to Monday, July 15, 1912.

Twenty-nine decathletes from twelve nations competed.


Thorpe's gold medal was stripped by the International Olympic Committee in 1913, after the IOC learned that Thorpe had played professional baseball, violating Olympic amateurism rules, before the 1912 Games. This moved everyone else up in the rankings. In 1982, the IOC was convinced that the disqualification had been improper, as no protest against Thorpe's eligibility had been brought within the required 30 days, and reinstated Thorpe's medals. Wieslander, Lomberg, and Holmér, however, were declared to still be gold, silver, and bronze medalists, respectively. This made Thorpe and Wieslander co-champions.

Avery Brundage, president of the IOC from 1952 to 1972, competed in the decathlon finishing in 16th place. Brundage did not start in the last two events of the competition.

100 metres[edit]

Event 1
Place Athlete Time Score
1  Skotte Jacobsson (SWE) 11.0 952.4
 Eugene Mercer (USA) 11.0 952.4
3  Frank Lukeman (CAN) 11.2 904.8
 Jim Thorpe (USA) 11.2 904.8
5  Pierre Failliot (FRA) 11.3 881.0
 Otto Röhr (GER) 11.3 881.0
7  Gösta Holmér (SWE) 11.4 857.2
8  Einar Nilsson (SWE) 11.5 833.4
 Julius Wickholm (FIN) 11.5 833.4
10  Géo André (FRA) 11.6 809.6
 Harry Babcock (USA) 11.6 809.6
12  Ferdinand Bie (NOR) 11.7 785.8
13  James Donahue (USA) 11.8 762.0
 Charles Lomberg (SWE) 11.8 762.0
 Hugo Wieslander (SWE) 11.8 762.0
16  Alexander Abraham (GER) 12.0 714.4
 Svend Langkjær (DEN) 12.0 714.4
18  Karl Halt (GER) 12.1 690.6
 Manlio Legat (ITA) 12.1 690.6
20  Alfreds Alslebens (RUS) 12.2 666.8
 Avery Brundage (USA) 12.2 666.8
22  Erik Kugelberg (SWE) 12.3 643.0
 Gunnar Rönström (SWE) 12.3 643.0
 Josef Schäffer (AUT) 12.3 643.0
 Aleksandr Schultz (RUS) 12.3 643.0
26  Alfredo Pagani (ITA) 12.4 619.2
 George Philbrook (USA) 12.4 619.2
28  Viktor Hackberg (SWE) 12.5 595.4
29  Mgirdiç Migiryan (TUR) 13.3 405.0

Long jump[edit]

Shot put[edit]

High jump[edit]

6 of the 29 starters did not appear for the fourth event.

400 metres[edit]

5 more athletes, including the 6th-placed Nilsson, retired after the high jump and did not appear for the fifth event. This brought the number of non-finishers up to 11, leaving 18 to continue the competition.

Discus throw[edit]

Philbrook scored over 1000 points in the event by breaking the previous Olympic record (listed as 41.46 metres in the 1912 official report, though actually only 40.89 set by Martin Sheridan in 1908). Since the discus throw event had been held 2 days prior to the decathlon and Armas Taipale had far exceeded the old record, Philbrook's mark was not a new record. It did vault him from 5th place to 2nd following the 6th event, however.

110 metre hurdles[edit]

Pole vault[edit]

Two more athletes dropped out, leaving 16 left out of the original 29.

Javelin throw[edit]

Only 14 athletes, fewer than half of the original 29, began the penultimate event.

1500 metres[edit]

Only 12 of the 29 starters finished the entire decathlon. Thorpe's disqualification in 1913 and subsequent reinstatement 70 years later resulted in the top 4 finishers being awarded medals—2 gold, a silver, and a bronze.

Hugo Wieslander in long jump.
Eugene Mercer in long jump.
Hugo Wieslander in pole vault.
Jim Thorpe in pole vault.


  1. ^ This score is reported in the Official Report. According to the formula given earlier in the Report (1000 point base, plus .38 points for each .01 metres from 41.46), however, the score should have been 1003.80 points.
  2. ^ Score as reported in the OR. The formula gives 719.18 points.
  3. ^ Score as reported in the OR. The formula gives 388.58 points.
  4. ^ Total as given in Wudarski. A sum of the scores given by formula gives a total of 8412.995 points.


  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 7 January 2007.