Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
Venue Start and finish at Olympiastadion
Dates August 9
Competitors 56 from 27 nations
Winning time 2:29:19.2
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1932 1948»
Athletics at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
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1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
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3000 m steeple men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
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Long jump men
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High jump men women
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Discus throw men women
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Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's marathon event at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games took place August 9. The final was won by Son Kitei.

During the time of the competition, Korea was a colony of Japan, therefore Korean sportsmen competed as members of Japanese team and were using their Japanese names. Korean names of Son Kitei and Nan Shōryū are Sohn Kee-chung and Nam Sung-yong respectively. After Sohn's victory, he bowed his head during the Japanese anthem at his medal ceremony and remarked that he was ashamed to compete for Japan, an occupying power, rather than an independent Korea.[1]


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Son Kitei Japan 2:29:19.2 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ernest Harper Great Britain 2:31:23.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nan Shoryu Japan 2:31:42.0
4 Erkki Tamila Finland 2:32:45.0
5 Väinö Muinonen Finland 2:33:46.0
6 Johannes Coleman South Africa 2:36:17.0
7 Donald Robertson Great Britain 2:37:06.2
8 Jackie Gibson South Africa 2:38:04.0
9 Mauno Tarkiainen Finland 2:39:33.0
10 Thore Enochsson Sweden 2:43:12.0
11 Stylianos Kyriakides Greece 2:43:20.0
12 Nouba Khaled France 2:45:34.0
13 Henry Palmé Sweden 2:46:08.4
14 Franz Tuschek Austria 2:46:29.0
15 Jimmy Bartlett Canada 2:48:21.4
16 Émile Duval France 2:48:39.8
17 Manuel Dias Portugal 2:49:00.0
18 Johnny Kelley United States 2:49:32.4
19 Miloslav Luňák Czechoslovakia 2:50:26.0
20 Felix Meskens Belgium 2:51:19.0
21 Ján Takáč Czechoslovakia 2:51:20.0
22 Rudolf Wöber Austria 2:51:28.0
23 Ludovic Gal Romania 2:55:02.0
24 Robert Nevens Belgium 2:55:51.0
25 Anders Hartington Andersen Denmark 2:56:31.0
26 Gabriel Mendoza Peru 2:57:17.8
27 Tommy Lalande South Africa 2:57:20.0
28 Artūrs Motmillers Latvia 2:58:02.0
29 Eduard Braesecke Germany 2:59:33.4
30 Percy Wyer Canada 3:00:11.0
31 Fernand Le Heurteur France 3:01:11.0
32 Wilhelm Rothmayer Austria 3:02:32.0
33 Bronisław Gancarz Poland 3:03:11.0
34 Max Beer Switzerland 3:06:26.0
35 Guillermo Suárez Peru 3:08:18.0
36 Boris Kharalampiev Bulgaria 3:08:53.8
37 Arul Swami India 3:10:44.0
38 Josef Šulc Czechoslovakia 3:11:47.4
39 Franz Eha Switzerland 3:18:17.0
40 Wang Zhenglin Republic of China 3:25:36.4
41 Stane Šporn Yugoslavia 3:30:47.0
42 José Farías Peru 3:33:24.0
Juan Acosta Chile DNF
Franz Barsicke Germany DNF
Tarzan Brown United States DNF
Giannino Bulzoni Italy DNF
Paul de Bruyn Germany DNF
Kazimierz Fiałka Poland DNF
Aurelio Genghini Italy DNF
Billy McMahon United States DNF
Jaime Mendes Portugal DNF
Bert Norris Great Britain DNF
Luis Oliva Argentina DNF
Tamao Shiwaku Japan DNF
Harold Webster Canada DNF
Juan Carlos Zabala Argentina DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish, OR = Olympic record


  1. ^ 1936 Summer Olympics results: Men's marathon, from; retrieved 2010-05-01.