Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase

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Men's 3000 metres steeplechase
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Venue Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Dates July 7 (semifinals)
July 9 (final)
Competitors 19 from 9 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ville Ritola
2nd, silver medalist(s) Elias Katz
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Paul Bontemps
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Athletics at the
1924 Summer Olympics
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The men's 3000 metres steeplechase event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Monday, July 7, 1924, and on Wednesday, July 9, 1924.

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

Nineteen runners from nine nations competed.


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

World Record 9:33.4(*) France Paul Bontemps Paris (FRA) June 9, 1924
Olympic Record 10:00.4 United Kingdom Percy Hodge Antwerp (BEL) August 20, 1920

(*) unofficial

In the first run Elias Katz set a new Olympic record with 9:43.8 minutes. In the final Ville Ritola improved the record with 9:33.6 minutes.



All semi-finals were held on Monday, July 7, 1924.

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

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Elias Katz (FIN) 9:43.8 Q OR
2  Paul Bontemps (FRA) 9:47.2 Q
3  Evelyn Montague (GBR) 9:48.0 Q
4  Nestori Järvelä (FIN)
5  Russell Payne (USA)
6  Georges Leclerc (FRA) 10:20.0
7  Antenore Negri (ITA)

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Albert Isola (FRA) 9:57.8 Q
2  Mike Devaney (USA) Q
3  Kalle Ebb (FIN) Q
4  Ernesto Ambrosini (ITA)
5  David Cummings (GBR)
6  Len Richardson (RSA)
7  Sean Kelly (IRL)

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ville Ritola (FIN) 9:59.0 Q
2  Marvin Rick (USA) 10:11.0 Q
3  Sidney Newey (GBR) Q
4  Maurice Deconninck (FRA) 10:19.0
5  Stanisław Ziffer (POL) 10:38.4


The final was held on Wednesday, July 9, 1924.

Place Athlete Time
1  Ville Ritola (FIN) 9:33.6 OR
2  Elias Katz (FIN) 9:44.0
3  Paul Bontemps (FRA) 9:45.2
4  Marvin Rick (USA) 9:56.4
5  Kalle Ebb (FIN) 9:57.5
6  Evelyn Montague (GBR) 9:58.0
7  Mike Devaney (USA) 10:01.0
8  Albert Isola (FRA) 10:14.8
9  Sidney Newey (GBR)