Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's team cross country

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Men's team cross country
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Date August 23
Competitors 24 from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Teodor Koskenniemi, Heikki Liimatainen, Paavo Nurmi
2nd, silver medalist(s) Anton Hegarty, Alfred Nichols, James Wilson
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eric Backman, Hilding Ekman, Gustaf Mattsson
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Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
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The men's team cross country event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. It was the second appearance of this event. The competition was held on Monday, August 23, 1920.

Eight nations competed as they have at least three competitors participating in the individual cross country race.


The first three runners for each nation to finish in the individual cross country race counted towards the team results. Their placings were summed, and the team with the lowest sum won.

Place Team Score Total
1  Finland (FIN) 10
Paavo Nurmi 1
Heikki Liimatainen 3
Teodor Koskenniemi 6
Ilmari Vesamaa 14
Eino Rastas 18
Hannes Miettinen 23
2  Great Britain (GBR) 21
James Wilson 4
Anton Hegarty 5
Alfred Nichols 12
Christopher Vose 19
Walter Freeman 22
Larry Cummins 26
3  Sweden (SWE) 23
Eric Backman 2
Gustaf Mattsson 10
Hilding Ekman 11
Werner Magnusson 13
Lars Hedwall 24
Knut Alm 30
4  United States (USA) 36
Patrick Flynn 9
Fred Faller 13
Max Bohland 14
Lewis Watson 34
Bob Crawford 40
Amisoli Patasoni DNF
5  France (FRA) 40
Gaston Heuet 8
Gustave Lauvaux 15
Joseph Servella 17
Edmond Brossard 31
Edmond Bimont 32
Joseph Guillemot DNF
6  Belgium (BEL) 48
Julien Van Campenhout 7
Henri Smets 20
Aimé Proot 21
François Vyncke 37
Pierre Trullemans 41
Antoine Rivez 42
7  Denmark (DEN) 53
Albert Andersen 16
Henrik Sørensen 18
Jón Jónsen 19
Julius Ebert 35
Artur Nielsen DNF