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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 9, 1912
Date Finished: July 10, 1912

Gold: FIN Hannes Kolehmainen
Silver: FRA Jean Bouin
Bronze: GBR George Hutson


The 5,000 metre individual race was held at the Olympics for the first time. A team event over this distance had been contested in 1900. The distance was rarely run internationally, and neither America nor Britain had contested a 5,000 metre or 3-mile championship as of 1912.

Finland's [Hannes Kolehmainen] had won the 10,000 metres the day before the first round of this event but he was not pressed in winning heat four to advance to the final. In the final, Kolehmainen and France's [Jean Bouin] quickly pulled away from the field. For the remainder of the race, until the final straight, Bouin led with Kolehmainen on his heels. Finally, after repeated attempts to pass Bouin, Kolehmainen pulled ahead only 20 metres from the finish. The two leaders shattered the previous world record, as nobody had previously broken 15 minutes for the distance.

In September 1914, both Bouin and the bronze medalist, Britain's [George Hutson] were killed in World War I.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hannes Kolehmainen 22 Finland FIN Gold WR
2 Jean Bouin 23 France FRA Silver
3 George Hutson 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 George Bonhag 30 United States USA
5 Tell Berna 20 United States USA
6 Alex Decouteau 24 Canada CAN
7 Mauritz Carlsson 22 Sweden SWE
AC Joe Keeper 26 Canada CAN
AC Cyril Porter 22 Great Britain GBR
AC Louis Scott 22 United States USA
2 h3r1/2 Ernest Glover 21 Great Britain GBR
2 h4r1/2 Henrik Nordström 21 Sweden SWE
2 h5r1/2 Thorild Olsson 25 Sweden SWE
3 h1r1/2 Frederick Hibbins 22 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/2 Viljam Johansson 25 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/2 George Hill 21 Australasia ANZ
4 h2 r1/2 Bror Modigh 21 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Mikhail Nikolsky Russia RUS
4 h4 r1/2 George Lee 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Klas Lundström 23 Sweden SWE
AC h2 r1/2 Charles Ruffell 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Martin Persson 25 Sweden SWE
AC h2 r1/2 Eddie Fitzgerald 24 United States USA
AC h3 r1/2 Aarne Lindholm 23 Finland FIN
AC h3 r1/2 Garnett Wikoff 25 United States USA
AC h4 r1/2 Gregor Vietz 21 Germany GER
AC h5 r1/2 Alfonso Sánchez 20 Chile CHI
AC h5 r1/2 Gaston Heuet 19 France FRA
AC h5 r1/2 Arthur Treble 22 Great Britain GBR
AC h5 r1/2 Alfonso Orlando 19 Italy ITA
AC h5 r1/2 Wallace McCurdy 19 United States USA