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Speed Skating at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games:

Men's Allround

Speed Skating at the 1924 Winter Games:

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Host City: Chamonix, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Chamonix
Date Started: January 26, 1924
Date Finished: January 27, 1924

Gold: FIN Clas Thunberg
Silver: NOR Roald Larsen
Bronze: FIN Julius Skutnabb

Summary

The allround competition had been the main form of speed skating since the beginning of international competition, and remained the World Championship format until the 1970s, when a sprint format was added. It is therefore strange that this event was only contested once at the Olympics, in 1924. The format used in the 1924 Olympics differs from the one currently used, as it used a point-for-place scoring system. Of note, the positions were those of the skaters who actually finished all four distances. This could make for interesting team tactics, with skaters deciding to forfeit or continue in spite of a bad position to help their countrymen (or hinder their opponents).

No such tactics were necessary at the 1924 Games, however. Because Jewtraw and Olsen were not entered in the allround competition, the lead was taken by Clas Thunberg and Roald Larsen. With Thunberg taking gold in both the 5000 and 1500 m, the title was virtually certain to go to the Finn. The difference with Larsen after three races was three points, which was not impossible because of Thunberg's 10000 m record. The Finnish double victory in that event did seal it for Thunberg, while victor Skutnabb also secured a bronze in the allround competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS TP
1 Clas Thunberg 30 Finland FIN Gold 5.5 198.02
2 Roald Larsen 26 Norway NOR Silver 9.5 199.76
3 Julius Skutnabb 34 Finland FIN Bronze 11 202.35
4 Harald Strøm 26 Norway NOR 17 203.66
5 Sigurd Moen 26 Norway NOR 17 203.78
6 Léon Quaglia 28 France FRA 25 210.84
7 Alberts Rumba 31 Latvia LAT 27 212.64
8 Leon Jucewicz 21 Poland POL 32 226.40
9 André Gegout 19 France FRA 36 236.02
AC Asser Wallenius 21 Finland FIN DNF
AC Georges de Wilde 23 France FRA DNF
AC Gaston Van Hazebroeck Belgium BEL DNF
AC Axel Blomqvist 29 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Eric Blomgren 30 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Charlie Gorman 26 Canada CAN DNF
AC Albert Hassler 20 France FRA DNF
AC Fred Dix Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Tom Sutton 31 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Cyril Horn 19 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Louis De Ridder 21 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Philippe Van Volckxsom Belgium BEL DNF
AC Marcel Moens 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Albert Tebbit 52 Great Britain GBR DNF