Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Venue Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Dates July 9 (semifinals)
July 10 (final)
Competitors 40 from 20 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1920 1928»
Athletics at the
1924 Summer Olympics
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The men's 1500 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Wednesday, July 9, 1924 and on Thursday, July 10, 1924.

As for all other races the track was 500 metres in circumference.

Forty middle distance runners from 20 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:52.6 Finland Paavo Nurmi Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1924
Olympic Record 3:56.8 United Kingdom Arnold Jackson Stockholm (SWE) July 10, 1912

In the final Paavo Nurmi set a new Olympic record with 3:53.6 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

All semi-finals were held on Wednesday, July 9, 1924.

The best two finishers of every heat qualified for the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  René Wiriath (FRA) 4:13.8 Q
2  Jaakko Luoma (FIN) 4:14.8 Q
3  Ferdinand Friebe (AUT) 4:15.8
4  Mohamed El-Sayed (EGY)
5  István Grósz (HUN)

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Willy Schärer (SUI) 4:06.6 Q
2  Douglas Lowe (GBR) 4:07.2 Q
3  William Spencer (USA) 4:08.4
4  Léon Fourneau (BEL)
5  Clifford Davis (RSA)
6  Pala Singh (IND)

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 4:07.6 Q
2  Sonny Spencer (GBR) 4:09.0 Q
3  Albert Larsen (DEN) 4:11.5
4  René Jubeau (FRA) 4:14.5
5  Aleksander Antson (EST)
6  Ferruccio Bruni (ITA)
7  Daniel Eslava (MEX)
8  Józef Jaworski (POL) 4:28.4

Semifinal 4

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Arvo Peussa (FIN) 4:17.4 Q
2  Ray Watson (USA) 4:17.9 Q
3  Disma Ferrario (ITA) 4:18.5
4  Jan Zeegers (NED) 4:21.0
5  Jack Newman (AUS)
6  Joseph Van der Wee (BEL)
7  Stefan Kostrzewski (POL) 4:29.0

Semifinal 5

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Henry Stallard (GBR) 4:11.8 Q
2  Ray Buker (USA) 4:12.8 Q
3  Rolph Barnes (CAN) 4:13.1
4  Louis Philipps (FRA) 4:13.4
5  Lyuben Karastoyanov (BUL)
6  Angelo Davoli (ITA)

Semifinal 6

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Lloyd Hahn (USA) 4:06.8 Q
2  Frej Liewendahl (FIN) 4:07.4 Q
3  Cyril Ellis (GBR) 4:08.1
4  Robert Chottin (FRA) 4:14.8
5  Malcolm Boyd (AUS)
6  Giovanni Garaventa (ITA)
7  Vilém Šindler (TCH) 4:23.6
8  Ömer Besim Koşalay (TUR)

Final[edit]

The final was held on Thursday, July 10, 1924.

Less than 45 minutes after his win in this race Nurmi started in the 5000 metre event and won also the gold medal.

Place Athlete Time
1  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 3:53.6 OR
2  Willy Schärer (SUI) 3:55.0
3  Henry Stallard (GBR) 3:55.6
4  Douglas Lowe (GBR) 3:57.0
5  Ray Buker (USA) 3:58.6
6  Lloyd Hahn (USA) 3:59.0
7  Ray Watson (USA) 4:00.0
8  Frej Liewendahl (FIN) 4:00.3
9  Arvo Peussa (FIN) 4:00.6
10  René Wiriath (FRA) 4:02.8
11  Sonny Spencer (GBR) 4:03.7
12  Jaakko Luoma (FIN) 4:03.9

References[edit]