Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 23, 1920
Date Finished: August 23, 1920
Format: circa 8,000 metres. Point-for-place scoring from the individual event with the top three finishers for team counting in the team scoring.
Points were scored based on placements in the individual race. The teams could have six runners in the individual cross-country but only the top three finishers for each team counted towards the final team score. There were also six runners in the individual race who did not have a full team competing in the team race. The event was expected to be a battle between Paavo Nurmi (FIN) and Joseph Guillemot (FRA), who had met in the 5 and 10K, with Nurmi winning the 10K and Guillemot the 5K. But early in the race, Guillemot sprained an ankle and had to withdraw, allowing Nurmi to win the rubber match.