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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 6, 1924
Date Finished: July 6, 1924
Format: Final only.

Gold: FIN Ville Ritola
Silver: SWE Edvin Wide
Bronze: FIN Eero Berg

Summary

The greatest distance runner on the world was Finland’s Paavo Nurmi but Finnish officials asked him not to run this race as they felt he was entered in too many events. This left the event open for his teammate Ville Ritola who won in world record time of 30:23.2. The only runner who kept pace with Ritola at all was Sweden’s Edvin Wide but he was dropped at 4K. Wide would finish his Olympic career after 1928 with four bronze medals and one silver. Shortly after the 1924 Olympics, Nurmi showed what he was capable of, running 30:06.2 in Kuopio for a world record that would last 13 years.

One controversy concerning the 1924 10K relates to the number of runners on the race. The 1924 Official Report implies that there were 43 starters, but this number is felt to be wrong. Photographs of the race have been used in attempts to determine the number of runners, which is likely somewhere between 30 and 35. Two runners who may have competed were Eritreans Mareg Mangaschia and Tacle Redda who were entered for Italy. But Italian athletics historians are divided on whether or not they actually competed and the best evidence states that they did not. It is unlikely the exact start list will ever be known with precision.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ville Ritola 28 Finland FIN Gold 30:23.2 WR
2 Edvin Wide 28 Sweden SWE Silver 30:55.2
3 Eero Berg 26 Finland FIN Bronze 31:43.0
4 Väinö Sipilä 26 Finland FIN 31:50.2
5 Ernie Harper 21 Great Britain GBR 31:58.0
6 Halland Britton 34 Great Britain GBR 32:06.0
7 Guillaume Tell 21 France FRA 32:12.0
8 Earl Johnson 33 United States USA 32:17.0
9 Robert Marchal 22 France FRA 32:33.0
10 Artūrs Motmillers 23 Latvia LAT 32:44.0
11 Henri Lauvaux 23 France FRA 32:48.0
12 Gaston Heuet 31 France FRA 32:52.0
13 Sven Thuresson 23 Sweden SWE no time
14 Charles Clibbon 29 Great Britain GBR no time
15 John Gray 29 United States USA no time
16 Sidon Ebeling 23 Sweden SWE no time
AC Eddie Webster 21 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Gösta Bergström 20 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Verne Booth 25 United States USA DNF
AC Wayne Johnson 21 United States USA DNF
AC Camiel Vandevelde 21 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Anton Tsvetanov Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Vasil Venkov Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Pál Király 27 Hungary HUN DNF
AC J. J. Ryan 31 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Pala Singh India IND DNF
AC Carlo Speroni 28 Italy ITA DNF
AC Vilis Cimmermanis 27 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Alberto Jarrín Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Vyron Athanasiadis Greece GRE DNF
AC Alexandros Kranis Greece GRE DNF
AC Pedro Curiel Mexico MEX DNF