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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Cross-Country, Individual

Athletics at the 1924 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 12, 1924
Date Finished: July 12, 1924
Format: circa 10,000 metres. Start outside the Stade de Colombes, finish with 300 metres inside the Stadium.

Gold: FIN Paavo Nurmi
Silver: FIN Ville Ritola
Bronze: USA Earl Johnson


Run on one of the hottest days in Parisian history, with temperatures described as over 40° C. (103° F.), the event turned into a survival test. Only 15 of the 38 starters could finish the race, as many of the runners were overcome by heatstroke. Paavo Nurmi and Ville Ritola took the early lead, but Ritola could not stay with Nurmi, who won by almost 1½ minutes. Ritola was another minute clear of the third-place finisher, Earle Johnson of the USA.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Paavo Nurmi 26 Finland FIN Gold 32:54.8
2 Ville Ritola 28 Finland FIN Silver 34:19.4
3 Earl Johnson 33 United States USA Bronze 35:21.0
4 Ernie Harper 21 Great Britain GBR 35:45.4
5 Henri Lauvaux 23 France FRA 36:44.8
6 Art Studenroth 24 United States USA 36:45.4
7 Carlo Martinenghi Italy ITA 37:01.0
8 Gus Fager 32 United States USA 37:40.6
9 Len Richardson 42 South Africa RSA 37:46.0
10 Gaston Heuet 31 France FRA 37:52.0
11 Jimmy Henigan 32 United States USA 38:00.0
12 Heikki Liimatainen 30 Finland FIN 38:18.0
13 Fabián Velasco 22 Spain ESP 39:07.6
14 Miguel Peña 27 Spain ESP 41:34.0
15 Maurice Norland 22 France FRA 41:48.6
AC José Andía 26 Spain ESP DNF
AC Arthur Sewell 20 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC John Gray 29 United States USA DNF
AC Robert Marchal 22 France FRA DNF
AC Edvin Wide 28 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Väinö Sipilä 26 Finland FIN DNF
AC Sven Thuresson 23 Sweden SWE DNF
AC John Benham 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Verne Booth 25 United States USA DNF
AC J. J. Ryan 31 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Sidon Ebeling 23 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Gösta Bergström 20 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Eino Rastas 29 Finland FIN DNF
AC André Lauseig 24 France FRA DNF
AC Jesús Diéguez 21 Spain ESP DNF
AC Carlo Speroni 28 Italy ITA DNF
AC Amador Palma 21 Spain ESP DNF
AC Eero Berg 26 Finland FIN DNF
AC Eddie Webster 21 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Lucien Dolquès 19 France FRA DNF
AC Joseph Williams Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Alfredo Gomes 25 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Miguel Palau 22 Spain ESP DNF