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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: POL Janusz Kusociński
Silver: FIN Volmari Iso-Hollo
Bronze: FIN Lasse Virtanen

Summary

Paavo Nurmi, still considered by many athletics historians as the greatest distance runner ever, tried to enter the 1932 Olympics. He was planning on competing in the marathon, and possibly the 10K, but was declared a professional shortly before the Olympics and could not compete. That left the event wide open. In the race, Finns Volmari Iso-Hollo and Lauri “Lasse” Virtanen pulled away early with Poland’s Janusz Kusociński. By 8K, Virtanen was dropped. Kusociński won the gold medal when he kicked past Iso-Hollo on the final curve and was well ahead before slowing down in the stretch. Iso-Hollo would return six days later to win the steeplechase gold medal. The precise placements after 6th are disputed but the version we use is the most accepted. During World War II Kusociński worked for the Polish resistance. He was discovered by the Gestapo in March 1940 and was arrested and tortured, and eventually executed on 21 June 1940.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Janusz Kusociński 25 Poland POL Gold 30:11.4 OR
2 Volmari Iso-Hollo 25 Finland FIN Silver 30:12.6
3 Lasse Virtanen 27 Finland FIN Bronze 30:35.0
4 Billy Savidan 30 New Zealand NZL 31:09.0
5 Max Syring 23 Germany GER 31:35.0
6 Jean-Gunnar Lindgren 26 Sweden SWE 31:37.0
7 Juan Morales 22 Mexico MEX 32:03.0
8 Cliff Bricker 28 Canada CAN
9 Masamichi Kitamoto 23 Japan JPN
10 Shoichiro Takenaka 19 Japan JPN
11 José Ribas 32 Argentina ARG
12 Fernando Chacarelli 27 Argentina ARG
13 Adalberto Cardoso 26 Brazil BRA
AC Eino Pentti 25 United States USA DNF
AC Tom Ottey 22 United States USA DNF
AC Lou Gregory 30 United States USA DNF