Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates August 2 and August 5
Competitors 18 from 11 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1928 1936»
Athletics at the
1932 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m steeple men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 5000 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, August 2, 1932 and on Friday, August 5, 1932.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 14:17.0 Finland Lauri Lehtinen Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1932
Olympic Record 14:31.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Paris (FRA) July 10, 1924

In the final Lauri Lehtinen set a new Olympic record with 14:30.0 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Both semi-finals were held on Tuesday, August 2, 1932 and started at 4:45 p.m.

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

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ralph Hill (USA) 14:59.6 Q
2  Lauri Lehtinen (FIN) 15:05.5 Q
3  Jean-Gunnar Lindgren (SWE) 15:06.0 Q
4  Lauri Virtanen (FIN) 15:06.4 Q
5  Billy Savidan (NZL) 15:08.2 Q
6  Alex Hillhouse (AUS) 15:14.0 Q
7  Daniel Dean (USA) 15:19.6 Q
8  George Bailey (GBR)
9  Masamichi Kitamoto (JPN)
10  Juan Morales (MEX) DNF

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Alec Burns (GBR) 15:25.8 Q
2  Paul Rekers (USA) 15:34.6 Q
3  Erik Pettersson (SWE) 15:36.4 Q
4  Roger Rochard (FRA) 15:37.8 Q
5  Scotty Rankine (CAN) 15:39.6 Q
6  Max Syring (GER) 15:48.5 Q
7  Shoichiro Takenaka (JPN) 15:56.0 Q
8  Valentín González (MEX) 16:00.0

Final[edit]

The final was held on Friday, August 5, 1932 and started at 3:15 p.m.

In a controversial move Lehtinen blocked Hill when he tried to pass Lehtinen on the final straight. Both runners broke the Olympic record but Lehtinen finished 30 cm in front.

Place Athlete Time
1st  Lauri Lehtinen (FIN) 14:30.0 OR
2nd  Ralph Hill (USA) 14:30.0
3rd  Lauri Virtanen (FIN) 14:44.0
4  Billy Savidan (NZL) 14:49.6
5  Jean-Gunnar Lindgren (SWE) 14:54:7
6  Max Syring (GER) 14:59.0
7  Alec Burns (GBR) 15:04.4
8  Daniel Dean (USA) 15:08.5
9  Erik Pettersson (SWE) 15:13.4
10  Alex Hillhouse (AUS) 15:15.0
11  Scotty Rankine (CAN) 15:24.0
12  Shoichiro Takenaka (JPN) 17:20.0
 Paul Rekers (USA) DNF
 Roger Rochard (FRA) DNF

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