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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Marathon

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 5, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: FRA Boughera El Ouafi
Silver: CHI Manuel Plaza
Bronze: FIN Martti Marttelin

Summary

The 1928 marathon course started and ended at the Olympic Stadium, but was not strictly out-and-back, as there were small loops near the halfway point, and on the return to the Stadium. The race was very open with no strict favorite in the field. The race started at 3:14 PM on a cool, windy day, with high humidity. By 37 km. a small lead group had formed with Algerian-born Frenchman Boughera El Ouafi, Chile’s Manuel Plaza, American Joie Ray, Finland’s Martti Marttelin, and Japan’s Kanematsu Yamada. Ray briefly took the lead but was quickly passed and faded to finish fifth. Yamada then assumed the lead but he fell to the ground with cramps. Though he was able to get up and finish, he would finish fourth. Over the last five km., El Ouafi and Plaza opened up ground on Marttelin. El Ouafi would pull away shortly before entering the stadium and won the gold medal by 26 seconds over Plaza, with Marttelin third. El Ouafi was the first native-born African to win an Olympic gold medal. He had competed at the 1924 Olympics, but had competed very little since then. However, he served as a dispatch carrier for the French army in the war against Abdel Krim in 1926, running long distances in the desert which maintained his condition. After the Olympics, he turned professional and competed briefly in the United States.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Boughera El Ouafi 29 France FRA Gold 2-32:57
2 Manuel Plaza 28 Chile CHI Silver 2-33:23
3 Martti Marttelin 30 Finland FIN Bronze 2-35:02
4 Kanematsu Yamada 24 Japan JPN 2-35:29
5 Joie Ray 34 United States USA 2-36:04
6 Seiichiro Tsuda 21 Japan JPN 2-36:20
7 Yrjö Korholin-Koski 28 Finland FIN 2-36:40
8 Sam Ferris 27 Great Britain GBR 2-37:41
9 Whitey Michelsen 34 United States USA 2-38:56
10 Cliff Bricker 24 Canada CAN 2-39:24
11 Harry Wood 25 Great Britain GBR 2-41:15
12 Verner Laaksonen 32 Finland FIN 2-41:35
13 Harry Payne 35 Great Britain GBR 2-42:29
14 Eino Rastas 33 Finland FIN 2-43:08
15 Väinö Sipilä 30 Finland FIN 2-43:08
16 Alois Krof 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-43:18
17 Johnny Miles 22 Canada CAN 2-43:32
18 Léon Broers Belgium BEL 2-44:37
19 Hans Stelges 26 Germany GER 2-45:27
20 Duncan Wright 31 Great Britain GBR 2-45:30
21 Herb Bignall 22 Great Britain GBR 2-45:44
22 Ernie Harper 25 Great Britain GBR 2-45:44
23 Jean Gérault 24 France FRA 2-46:08
24 Ilmari Kuokka 26 Finland FIN 2-46:34
25 Gustav Kinn 32 Sweden SWE 2-47:35
26 Silas McLellan 31 Canada CAN 2-49:33
27 Clarence DeMar 39 United States USA 2-50:42
28 Marcel Denis 32 France FRA 2-51:15
29 Guillaume Tell 25 France FRA 2-51:18
30 Henri Landheer 29 Netherlands NED 2-51:59
31 Paul Hempel 37 Germany GER 2-52:01
32 Aurelio Terrazas Mexico MEX 2-52:22
33 František Zyka 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-52:42
34 Giuseppe Ferrera Italy ITA 2-53:10
35 José Torres Mexico MEX 2-54:00
36 Johan Støa 27 Norway NOR 2-54:15
37 Gerard Steurs 26 Belgium BEL 2-54:48
38 Artūrs Motmillers 27 Latvia LAT 2-56:45
39 Jimmy Henigan 36 United States USA 2-56:50
40 Matthew Steytler 32 South Africa RSA 2-57:21
41 Harvey Frick 34 United States USA 2-57:24
42 Jean Linssen Belgium BEL 2-58:08
43 Frank Hughes Canada CAN 2-58:12
44 Bill Agee 22 United States USA 2-58:50
45 Percy Wyer 44 Canada CAN 2-58:52
46 Georg Hoerger 30 Germany GER 2-59:01
47 Kurt Schneider 28 Germany GER 2-59:36
48 Juichi Nagatani 25 Japan JPN 3-03:34
49 József Galambos 27 Hungary HUN 3-05:58
50 Paul Gerhardt 26 Germany GER 3-09:30
51 Gottlieb Bach 28 Denmark DEN 3-10:30
52 Emilio Ferrer Spain ESP 3-11:05
53 Dimitrije Stefanović 32 Yugoslavia YUG 3-11:35
54 Joop Vermeulen 20 Netherlands NED 3-13:47
55 Pleun van Leenen 27 Netherlands NED 3-14:37
56 Joseph Marien 28 Belgium BEL 3-16:13
57 Willem van der Steen 22 Netherlands NED 3-19:53
AC Romeo Bertini 35 Italy ITA DNF
AC Vilis Cimmermanis 31 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Attilio Conton 25 Italy ITA DNF
AC Vintilă Cristescu Romania ROU DNF
AC Axel Elofs 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Bram Groeneweg 23 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Karl Laas 20 Estonia EST DNF
AC Aksel Madsen 28 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Stefano Natale 25 Italy ITA DNF
AC Teun Sprong 39 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Franz Wanderer 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Orla Olsen 28 Denmark DEN DNF