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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 16, 1920
Date Finished: August 17, 1920

Gold: FRA Joseph Guillemot
Silver: FIN Paavo Nurmi
Bronze: SWE Eric Backman

Summary

The world and Olympic record was 14:36.6, set by Hannes Kolehmainen in winning the 1912 gold medal. There was no equivalent race held at either the AAU or AAA Championships. The closest AAA race was the four-mile, while the AAU held no similar event at the American national championship from 1906-1931. The 5,000 was the first Olympic appearance for Paavo Nurmi. He was met by Frenchman, Joseph Guillemot, who had suffered the effects of mustard gas in World War I, and was told in 1918 that he would never be able to run again. The two of them left the field behind after two laps and ran together until Guillemot outsprinted Nurmi with a kick that began from about 200 metres out.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Joseph Guillemot 20 France FRA Gold
2 Paavo Nurmi 22 Finland FIN Silver
3 Eric Backman 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Teodor Koskenniemi 32 Finland FIN
5 Joe Blewitt 24 Great Britain GBR
6 William Seagrove 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Carlo Speroni 24 Italy ITA
8 Alfred Nichols 29 Great Britain GBR
9 Julien Van Campenhout Belgium BEL
10 Nils Bergström 21 Sweden SWE
11 Rudolf Falk 22 Sweden SWE
12 Herbert Irwin 25 Great Britain GBR
13 Emanuel Lundström 23 Sweden SWE
AC Clifford Furnas 19 United States USA
AC Hal Brown 22 United States USA
AC Ivan Dresser 23 United States USA
5 h1 r1/2 Alfred Gaschen Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r1/2 Lucien Duquesne 19 France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Charles Hunter 27 United States USA
5 h4 r1/2 Ilmari Vesamaa 26 Finland FIN
6 h1 r1/2 Augusto Maccario 29 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Juan Muguerza 19 Spain ESP
6 h3 r1/2 Alexandros Kranis Greece GRE
6 h4 r1/2 Tomeichi Ohura 24 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/2 Jean-Baptiste Manhès 23 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Konosuke Sano 25 Japan JPN
7 h3 r1/2 François Vyncke 28 Belgium BEL
7 h4 r1/2 Jón Jónsson 23 Denmark DEN
8 h3 r1/2 Karel Pacák 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 h4 r1/2 Henri Smets 23 Belgium BEL
9 h3 r1/2 Abdul Ali Maghoub Egypt EGY
9 h4 r1/2 Gerardus van der Wel 25 Netherlands NED
AC h1 r1/2 Pierre Trullemans 22 Belgium BEL
AC h1 r1/2 Tommy Town 27 Canada CAN
AC h1 r1/2 Panagiotis Retelas Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Artur Nielsen 24 Denmark DEN
AC h2 r1/2 Diodoro Pons Spain ESP
AC h2 r1/2 Carlo Martinenghi Italy ITA