Athletics at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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The men's 5000 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1928 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, July 31, 1928, and on Friday, August 3, 1928.

Thirty-eight long-distance runners from 19 nations competed.


Gold Silver Bronze
Ville Ritola
Paavo Nurmi
Edvin Wide


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 14:28.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1924
Olympic Record 14:31.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Paris (FRA) July 10, 1924



All semi-finals were held on Tuesday, July 31, 1928, and started at 5:10 p.m.

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

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Leo Lermond (USA) 15:02.6 Q
2  Staņislavs Petkēvičs (LAT) 15:03.0 Q
3  Eino Purje (FIN) 15:03.6 Q
4  Ragnar Magnusson (SWE) 15:03.8 Q
5  Wally Beavers (GBR)
6  Carl Petersen (DEN) 15:13.0
7  Frederick Light (GBR)
8  Lucien Duquesne (FRA)
9  Seghir Beddari (FRA)
 Ciro Chapa (MEX) DNF
 Charles Haworth (USA) DNF
 Karel Nedobitý (TCH) DNF
 Billy Kibblewhite (CAN) DNF
 Nol Wolf (NED) DNF
 Julien Serwy (BEL) DNF

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Nils Eklöf (SWE) 15:07.4 Q
2  Ville Ritola (FIN) 15:10.8 Q
3  Armas Kinnunen (FIN) 15:10.8 Q
4  Brian Oddie (GBR) 15:16.0 Q
5  Jesús Oyarbide (ESP) 15:22.0
6  Roger Pelé (FRA)
7  Willi Boltze (GER) 15:33.0
8  Jozef Koščak (TCH) 15:42.0
9  Andreas Paouris (GRE)
10  Julius Petraitis (LTU)
11  Dave Abbott (USA)
 Art Keay (CAN) DNF
 George Hyde (AUS) DNF
 Pieter Gerbrands (NED) DNF

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Macauley Smith (USA) 15:04.0 Q
2  Edvin Wide (SWE) 15:05.0 Q
3  Herbert Johnston (GBR) 15:06.3 Q
4  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 15:08.0 Q
5  Otto Kohn (GER)
6  Arie Klaase (NED)
7  Arturo Peña (ESP) 15:45.0
8  Vincent Callard (CAN)
 Gurbachan Singh (IND) DNF


The final was held on Friday, August 3, 1928, and started at 2:30 p.m.

The same three runners finished on the podium than four years earlier in the 5000 metre event at the 1924 Games. But this time Ritola won the gold medal and Nurmi silver, Wide won the bronze medal again.

Place Athlete Time
1  Ville Ritola (FIN) 14:38.0
2  Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 14:40.0
3  Edvin Wide (SWE) 14:41.2
4  Leo Lermond (USA) 14:50.0
5  Ragnar Magnusson (SWE) 14:59.6
6  Armas Kinnunen (FIN) 15:02.0
7  Staņislavs Petkēvičs (LAT)
8  Herbert Johnston (GBR)
9  Brian Oddie (GBR)
10  Macauley Smith (USA)
 Nils Eklöf (SWE) DNF
 Eino Purje (FIN) DNF