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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 15, 1912
Date Finished: July 15, 1912
Format: circa 12,000 metres. Two laps with a start and finish inthe Olympic Stadium. The runners ran ¼ lap in the Stadium, returned to the Stadium later and ran anotehr ½ lap, and eventually finished with ¾ lap inside the Stadium.

Gold: FIN Hannes Kolehmainen
Silver: SWE Hjalmar Andersson
Bronze: SWE John Eke

Summary

This was the first time that a cross-country event was held on the Olympic program, although it would also be conducted in 1920 and 1924. The course was not reveale to the participants prior to the start, but was marked just before the race began with red ribbons. It was very hilly, through the forest with steep inclines and descents, and many natural obstacles. The British and Continental runners were not used to this kind of terrain and the race was dominated by the Swedes and Finns.

The international cross-country championship had been won 1911 by Jean Bouin, who would also win in 1912-1913. But Hannes Kolehmainen had already won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at Stockholm, and when he elected to run the cross-country, he had to be favored. Kolehmainen won easily by over 30 seconds. Two Swedes, Hjalmar Andersson and John Eke, won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Bouin ran in this race, but did not finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hannes Kolehmainen 22 Finland FIN Gold 45:11.6
2 Hjalmar Andersson 22 Sweden SWE Silver 45:44.8
3 John Eke 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 46:37.6
4 Lauri Eskola 25 Finland FIN 46:54.8
5 Josef Ternström 23 Sweden SWE 47:07.7
6 Albin Stenroos 23 Finland FIN 47:23.4
7 Ville Kyrönen 21 Finland FIN 47:32.0
8 Len Richardson 30 South Africa RSA 47:33.5
9 Brynolf Larsson 26 Sweden SWE 47:37.4
10 Johan Sundkvist 22 Sweden SWE 47:40.0
11 Viljam Johansson 25 Finland FIN 48:03.0
12 Harry Hellawell 23 United States USA 48:12.0
13 Klas Lundström 23 Sweden SWE 48:45.4
14 Lauritz Christiansen 19 Denmark DEN 49:06.4
15 Frederick Hibbins 22 Great Britain GBR 49:18.2
16 Ernest Glover 21 Great Britain GBR 49:53.7
17 Bror Fock 24 Sweden SWE 50:15.8
18 Thomas Humphreys 21 Great Britain GBR 50:28.0
19 Olaf Hovdenak 20 Norway NOR 50:40.8
20 Parelius Finnerud 23 Norway NOR 51:16.2
21 Gustaf Carlén 21 Sweden SWE 51:26.8
22 Johannes Andersen 23 Norway NOR 51:47.4
23 Viggo Pedersen 23 Denmark DEN 53:00.8
24 Louis Scott 22 United States USA 53:51.4
25 Väinö Heikkilä 24 Finland FIN 54:08.0
26 Gerhard Topp 19 Denmark DEN 54:24.9
27 Gregor Vietz 21 Germany GER 54:40.6
28 Steen Rasmussen 23 Denmark DEN 55:27.0
AC Emmerich Rath 28 Austria AUT DNF
AC Holger Baden 20 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Fritz Danild 18 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Karl Julius Jensen 24 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Efraim Harju 22 Finland FIN DNF
AC Aarne Lindholm 23 Finland FIN DNF
AC Jean Bouin 23 France FRA DNF
AC William Cottrill 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC William Scott 26 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Nils Dahl 29 Norway NOR DNF
AC Edvin Hellgren 23 Sweden SWE DNF
AC John Klintberg 27 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Axel Lindahl 26 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Henrik Nordström 21 Sweden SWE DNF
AC George Bonhag 30 United States USA DNF
AC Tell Berna 20 United States USA DNF
AC William Kramer 28 United States USA DNF