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
1st, gold medalist(s) Son Kitei
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ernest Harper
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nan Shoryu
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Athletics at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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The men's marathon event at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games took place August 9. The race was won by Son Kitei.[1]

Marathon route[edit]

The marathon course started in the Olympic Stadium. After going around stadium, the starting field left the stadium through the Marathon Gate. The runners crossed the Maifeld and then turned right into the Angerburger Avenue. Shortly thereafter, it was then left into Glockenturmstraße and the first checkpoint after 4 km on the Havelchaussee. They went on the banks of the Havel along the Grunewald to the left side. The second checkpoint was 6 kilometers on Rupenhorn, at kilometer 8 of the third control point followed on Schildhorn. The Grunewaldturm was reached after 10 km, at the level of the island Lindwerder sending the runners southeast. At the end of Havelchaussee runners then turned left on the long, straight Avus. The course went on the race track to the Nordschleife, there returned to the rotor field and the previous route ran back to the Olympic Stadium. The athletes came through the Marathon Gate back to the stadium and then ran for about 150 meters to the finish line.[2]

This route differs from the present-day Berlin Marathon.

Korean athletes[edit]

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. The 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 Bulzone  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