Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's individual cross country

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Men's individual cross country
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
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1924 individual cross country race. The left trio is Edvin Wide, Ville Ritola and Paavo Nurmi
Venue Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Date July 12
Competitors 38 from 10 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Paavo Nurmi
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ville Ritola
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Earl Johnson
 United States
← 1920
Athletics at the
1924 Summer Olympics
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The men's individual cross country event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. It was the third and last appearance of this event. The competition was held on Saturday, July 12, 1924.

Thirty-eight runners from ten nations competed.


The first three runners for each nation to finish in this event were also counted towards the cross country team result.

Due to the hot weather conditions (over 40°C) only fifteen starters were able to finish the race.

Place Athlete Time
1  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 32:54.8
2  Ville Ritola (FIN) 34:19.4
3  Earl Johnson (USA) 35:21.0
4  Ernie Harper (GBR) 35:45.4
5  Henri Lauvaux (FRA) 36:44.8
6  Arthur Studenroth (USA) 36:45.4
7  Carlo Martinenghi (ITA) 37:01.0
8  August Fager (USA) 37:40.6
9  Len Richardson (RSA) 37:46.0
10  Gaston Heuet (FRA) 37:52.0
11  James Henigan (USA) 38:00.0
12  Heikki Liimatainen (FIN) 38:18.0
13  Fabián Velasco (ESP) 39:07.6
14  Miguel Peña (ESP) 41:34.0
15  Maurice Norland (FRA) 41:48.3
 José Andía (ESP) DNF
 Arthur Sewell (GBR) DNF
 John Gray (USA) DNF
 Robert Marchal (FRA) DNF
 Edvin Wide (SWE) DNF
 Väinö Sipilä (FIN) DNF
 Sven Thuresson (SWE) DNF
 John Benham (GBR) DNF
 Verne Booth (USA) DNF
 John Ryan (IRL) DNF
 Sidon Ebeling (SWE) DNF
 Gösta Bergström (SWE) DNF
 Eino Rastas (FIN) DNF
 André Lausseigh (FRA) DNF
 Jesús Diéguez (ESP) DNF
 Carlo Speroni (ITA) DNF
 Amador Palma (ESP) DNF
 Eero Berg (FIN) DNF
 Eddie Webster (GBR) DNF
 Lucien Dolquès (FRA) DNF
 Joseph Williams (GBR) DNF
 Alfredo Gomes (BRA) DNF
 Miguel Palau (ESP) DNF