Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Venue Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Dates July 6
Competitors 33–36 from 16 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ville Ritola
2nd, silver medalist(s) Edvin Wide
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eero Berg
← 1920
1928 →

The men's 10,000 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Sunday, July 6, 1924.[1]

Paavo Nurmi the greatest long-distance runner at that time did not compete in this race, as the Finnish officials asked him not to start in this event. They thought he was entered in too many competitions. Only a few weeks after the Olympics on August 31 Nurmi set a new world record with 30:06.2 in Kuopio.

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

The exact number of starters is unknown, but photographs show around 35 competitors. At least 33 - maybe 36 - long-distance runners from 16 nations competed.


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

World Record 30:35.4 Finland Ville Ritola Helsinki (FIN) May 25, 1924
Olympic Record 31:20.8 Grand Duchy of Finland Hannes Kolehmainen Stockholm (SWE) July 8, 1912

Ville Ritola set a new world record with 30:23.2 minutes.


Place Athlete Time
1  Ville Ritola (FIN) 30:23.2 WR
2  Edvin Wide (SWE) 30:55.2
3  Eero Berg (FIN) 31:43.0
4  Väinö Sipilä (FIN) 31:50.2
5  Ernie Harper (GBR) 31:58.0
6  Halland Britton (GBR) 32:06.0
7  Guillaume Tell (FRA) 32:12.0
8  Earle Johnson (USA) 32:17.0
9  Robert Marchal (FRA) 32:33.0
10  Artūrs Motmillers (LAT) 32:44.0
11  Henri Lauvaux (FRA) 32:48.0
12  Gaston Heuet (FRA) 32:52.0
13  Sven Thuresson (SWE) no time
14  Charles Clibbon (GBR) no time
15  John Gray (USA) no time
16  Sidon Ebeling (SWE) no time
 Eddie Webster (GBR) DNF
 Gösta Bergström (SWE) DNF
 Verne Booth (USA) DNF
 Wayne Johnson (USA) DNF
 Camiel Van de Velde (BEL) DNF
 Anton Tsvetanov (BUL) DNF
 Vasil Venkov (BUL) DNF
 Pál Király (HUN) DNF
 John Ryan (IRL) DNF
 Pala Singh (IND) DNF
 Carlo Speroni (ITA) DNF
 Vilis Cimmermanis (LAT) DNF
 Alberto Jarrín (ECU) DNF
 Vyron Athanasiadis (GRE) DNF
 Alexandros Kranis (GRE) DNF
 Pedro Curiel (MEX) DNF
 Gurbachan Singh (IND)  ?
 Mareg Mangaschia (ITA)  ?
 Tacle Redda (ITA)  ?

It is unknown if Singh Randhawa, Mangaschia, and Redda actually competed.


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1924 Paris Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Retrieved 12 November 2017. 

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