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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 7, 1912
Date Finished: July 8, 1912

Gold: FIN Hannes Kolehmainen
Silver: USA Lewis Tewanima
Bronze: FIN Albin Stenroos

Summary

Two of the three heats were won by Finland's Kolehmainen brothers - Hannes and Tatu. The final was held on a very hot day and four of the 15 qualifiers did not start. Hannes Kolehmainen took the lead on the second lap and eventually dropped the field by the sixth lap. He eventually ran uncontested to win by over 45 seconds. The silver medal went to Lewis Tewanima, a Hopi Indian and Jim Thorpe's teammate at the Carlisle Indian School.

Hannes Kolehmainen's winning time was "somewhat" of a world record. At the beginning of 1912 there was no official world record, as the IAAF did not start recognizing marks until 1913. Until 1911, the best mark on record by an amateur was 31:40.0 by Walter George (GBR), set in London on 28 July 1884 during a 12-mile handicap race. The professional best had been set by Alfred Shrubb (GBR) in Glasgow on 5 November 1904 during a one-hour race. But on 16 November 1911, Jean Bouin ran 30:58.8 at Colombes, France. Bouin did not run the 10K at Stockholm but finished a very close second to Hannes Kolehmainen in the 5K.

When the IAAF began to recognize world records, they thought that Bouin had run his mark in 1913. They recognized only Kolehmainen's winning Stockholm time as the initial IAAF-approved world record. Bouin’s mark did not receive official recognition until 1926.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hannes Kolehmainen 22 Finland FIN Gold WR
2 Lewis Tewanima United States USA Silver
3 Albin Stenroos 23 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Joe Keeper 24 Canada CAN
5 Alfonso Orlando 19 Italy ITA
AC Tatu Kolehmainen 27 Finland FIN
AC William Scott 26 Great Britain GBR
AC Len Richardson 30 South Africa RSA
AC Mauritz Carlsson 22 Sweden SWE
AC Louis Scott 22 United States USA
AC Hugh Maguire 24 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Gaston Heuet 19 France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 John Eke 26 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Martin Persson 25 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Ernest Glover 21 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Albert Öberg 23 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/2 Alfonso Sánchez 20 Chile CHI
7 h2 r1/2 Brynolf Larsson 26 Sweden SWE
AC h1 r1/2 Vladimír Penc 18 Bohemia BOH
AC h1 r1/2 George Lee 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Charles Ruffell 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Mikhail Nikolsky Russia RUS
AC h1 r1/2 William Kramer 28 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Harry Hellawell 23 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Thomas Humphreys 21 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Frederick Hibbins 22 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Gregor Vietz 21 Germany GER
AC h2 r1/2 Bror Fock 24 Sweden SWE
AC h3 r1/2 George Hill 21 Australasia ANZ
AC h3 r1/2 George Wallach 29 Great Britain GBR