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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 6, 1932

Gold: FIN Volmari Iso-Hollo
Silver: GBR Tom Evenson
Bronze: USA Joe McCluskey


The Finns were the dominant distance running nation, and were expected to provide the winner. They did so, with Volmari Iso-Hollo winning easily. As he came to the end of the 3,000 metres in the final, he had a large lead, but the lap counter had made a mistake, and all the runners ran an extra lap, thus the race was actually 3,460 metres. That made no difference to Iso-Hollo, but the silver and bronze medalists would have been different. At the end of the regulation distance, Joe McCluskey was in second place, but he was passed on the last lap by Britain’s Tom Evenson, who won the silver medal. McCluskey had set a world best at the US Olympic Trials shortly before the Olympics, running 9:14.5.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Volmari Iso-Hollo 25 Finland FIN Gold
2 Tom Evenson 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Joe McCluskey 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Martti Matilainen 24 Finland FIN
5 George Bailey 26 Great Britain GBR
6 Glen Dawson 25 United States USA
7 Giuseppe Lippi 28 Italy ITA
8 Walter Pritchard 22 United States USA
9 Verner Toivonen 24 Finland FIN
10 Nello Bartolini 28 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Roger Vigneron France FRA
6 h2 r1/2 Alfredo Furia 26 Italy ITA
AC h1 r1/2 Luis Oliva 24 Argentina ARG
AC h2 r1/2 Harold Gallop 22 Canada CAN
AC h2 r1/2 Sonny Murphy 26 Ireland IRL