Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10000 metres
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Athletics men's 10000 metre final - Hannes Kolehmainen.JPG
Kolehmainen winning the final.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 7 (semifinals)
July 8 (final)
Competitors 30 from 13 nations
Gold medal    Finland
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Finland
Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
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The men's 10,000 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the debut of the event, which along with the 5000 metres replaced the 5 mile race held at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Sunday, July 7, 1912 and on Monday, July 8, 1912.

Thirty runners from 13 nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 30:58.8 France Jean Bouin Colombes (FRA) November 16, 1911
Olympic Record - none - -

Hannes Kolehmainen, in winning the first semifinal, set the Olympic record at 33:49.0. It lasted until the next race, in which the time was beat by Len Richardson. Kolehmainen took back the record with a time of 31:20.8 in the final.



All semi-finals were held on Sunday, July 7, 1912.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 33:49.0 OR QF
2  Joe Keeper (CAN) 33:58.8 QF
3  Gaston Heuet (FRA) 34:50.0 QF
4  John Eke (SWE) 34:55.8 QF
5  Ernest Glover (GBR) 35:12.2 QF
6  Albert Öberg (SWE) 35:45.0
 Harry Hellawell (USA) Did not finish
 William Kramer (USA) Did not finish
 George Lee (GBR) Did not finish
 Mikhail Nikolsky (RUS) Did not finish
 Vladimír Penc (BOH) Did not finish
 Charles Ruffell (GBR) Did not finish

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Len Richardson (RSA) 32:30.3 OR QF
2  Lewis Tewanima (USA) 32:31.4 QF
3  Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) 33:06.2 QF
4  Albin Stenroos (FIN) 33:28.4 QF
5  Alfonso Orlando (ITA) 33:44.6 QF
 Bror Fock (SWE) Did not finish
 Frederick Hibbins (GBR) Did not finish
 Thomas Humphreys (GBR) Did not finish
 Brynolf Larsson (SWE) Did not finish
 Alfonso Sánchez (CHI) Did not finish
 Gregor Vietz (GER) Did not finish

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Tatu Kolehmainen (FIN) 32:47.8 QF
2  William Scott (GBR) 32:55.2 QF
3  Louis Scott (USA) 34:14.2 QF
4  Martin Persson (SWE) 34:18.6 QF
5  Hugh Maguire (USA) 34:32.0 QF
 George Hill (ANZ) Did not finish
 George Wallach (GBR) Did not finish


The final was held on Monday, July 8, 1912.

Place Athlete Time
1  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 31:20.8 OR
2  Lewis Tewanima (USA) 32:06.6
3  Albin Stenroos (FIN) 32:21.8
4  Joe Keeper (CAN) 32:36.2
5  Alfonso Orlando (ITA) 33:31.2
 Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) Did not finish
 Tatu Kolehmainen (FIN) Did not finish
 Hugh Maguire (USA) Did not finish
 Len Richardson (RSA) Did not finish
 Louis Scott (USA) Did not finish
 William Scott (GBR) Did not finish
 John Eke (SWE) Did not start
 Ernest Glover (GBR) Did not start
 Gaston Heuet (FRA) Did not start
 Martin Persson (SWE) Did not start


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