Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Venue Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Dates July 8 (semifinals)
July 10 (final)
Competitors 38 from 21 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Athletics at the
1924 Summer Olympics
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The men's 5000 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on July 8, 1924 and on July 10, 1924.

38 long-distance runners from 21 nations competed.

Records[edit]

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

World Record 14:28.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1924
Olympic Record 14:36.6 Grand Duchy of Finland Hannes Kolehmainen Stockholm (SWE) July 10, 1912

In the final Paavo Nurmi set a new Olympic record with 14:31.2 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

All semi-finals were held on Tuesday, July 8, 1924.

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

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Eino Rastas (FIN) 15:22.2 Q
2  Katsuo Okazaki (JPN) 15:22.2 Q
3  Axel Eriksson (SWE) 15:23.6 Q
4  Léonard Mascaux (FRA) 15:26.4 Q
5  Charles Johnstone (GBR) 15:27.4
6  Ralph Starr (GBR)
7  Eastman Doolittle (USA)
8  Camille Van de Velde (BEL)
9  Alfredo Gomes (BRA)
10  Mohamed El-Sayed (EGY)
11  Joaquín Miquel (ESP)
12  Vilis Cimmermans (LAT)
13  José Eslava (MEX)
14  Stanisław Ziffer (POL) 16:36.0

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 15:28.6 Q
2  Lucien Dolques (FRA) 15:29.4 Q
3  Eino Seppälä (FIN) 15:34.6 Q
4  Frank Saunders (GBR) 15:37.0 Q
5  Maurice Norland (FRA) 15:41.4
6  Harold Phelps (USA)
7  David McGill (CAN)
8  István Kultsár (HUN)
9  Stefan Szelestowski (POL)
10  Pala Singh (IND)
11  Karel Nedobitý (TCH)
-  William Marthé (SUI) DNF

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  John Romig (USA) 15:14.6 Q
2  Edvin Wide (SWE) 15:24.0 Q
3  Ville Ritola (FIN) 15:32.1 Q
4  Charles Clibbon (GBR) 15:35.6 Q
5  Lucien Duquesne (FRA) 16:03.0
6  Jan Zeegers (NED)
7  Alexandros Kranis (GRE)
8  George Lermond (USA)
9  Malcolm Boyd (AUS)
10  Hans Kantor (AUT)
11  Miguel Palau (ESP)
12  Pedro Curiel (MEX)
13  Artūrs Motmillers (LAT)

Final[edit]

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

Nurmi had to improve the standing Olympic record to win the gold medal with Ritola only two tenths behind.

Place Athlete Time
1  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 14:31.2 OR
2  Ville Ritola (FIN) 14:31.4
3  Edvin Wide (SWE) 15:01.8
4  John Romig (USA) 15:12.4
5  Eino Seppälä (FIN) 15:18.4
6  Charles Clibbon (GBR) 15:29.0
7  Lucien Dolques (FRA) 15:32.6
8  Axel Eriksson (SWE) 15:38.0
9  Léonard Mascaux (FRA) 15:39.0
10  Frank Saunders (GBR) 15:54.0
11  Eino Rastas (FIN)
12  Katsuo Okazaki (JPN)

References[edit]