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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 7, 1924
Date Finished: July 9, 1924

Gold: FIN Ville Ritola
Silver: FIN Elias Katz
Bronze: FRA Paul Bontemps

Summary

Ville Ritola was the favorite and took the lead from the start. A top distance runner who was overshadowed by his countryman, Paavo Nurmi, Ritola did not have good technique but used his running strength to easily win the race. No world record existed as the IAAF would not establish one until 1954, but the bronze medalist, Paul Bontemps, had the best mark on record, having run 9:33.4 a few weeks before in Paris. Ritola narrowly missed that mark. The sixth-place finisher, Evelyn Montague, was featured in the movie Chariots of Fire as the close friend of Harold Abrahams in college. Montague is shown in the movie running in this race. He is also called Aubrey in the movie while he went by Evelyn.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ville Ritola 28 Finland FIN Gold OR
2 Elias Katz 22 Finland FIN Silver
3 Paul Bontemps 21 France FRA Bronze
4 Marvin Rick 23 United States USA
5 Kalle Ebb 27 Finland FIN
6 Evelyn Montague 24 Great Britain GBR
7 Mike Devaney 32 United States USA
8 Albert Isola 25 France FRA
AC Sidney Newey 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/2 Nestori Järvelä 31 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/2 Ernesto Ambrosini 29 Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/2 Maurice de Coninck 26 France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Russell Payne 21 United States USA
5 h2 r1/2 David Cummings 29 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/2 Stanisław Ziffer 19 Poland POL
6 h1 r1/2 Georges Leclerc 20 France FRA
6 h2 r1/2 Len Richardson 42 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r1/2 Antenore Negri 25 Italy ITA
AC h2 r1/2 Sean Kelly Ireland IRL DNF
AC h2 r1/2 Jan Zeegers 22 Netherlands NED DNF