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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 19, 1920
Date Finished: August 20, 1920

Gold: FIN Paavo Nurmi
Silver: FRA Joseph Guillemot
Bronze: GBR James Wilson


The world record for the 10,000 was 30:58.8, set by [Jean Bouin] in winning at Colombes in November 1911. But Bouin was not at Antwerp, having succumbed to the horrors of World War I in September 1914. In the 10K, [Paavo Nurmi] and [Joseph Guillemot] resumed the battle they had waged in the 5,000 only three days earlier. These two, and [James Wilson] of Great Britain, held the pace for most of the race. The pack briefly caught the three leaders, until Guillemot picked up the pace with five laps remaining. Nurmi took the lead at the bell and led the entire final lap to win.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Paavo Nurmi 22 Finland FIN Gold
2 Joseph Guillemot 20 France FRA Silver
3 James Wilson 28 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Augusto Maccario 29 Italy ITA
5 James Hatton Great Britain GBR
6 Jean-Baptiste Manhès 23 France FRA
7 Heikki Liimatainen 26 Finland FIN
8 Fred Faller 24 United States USA
9 Oscar Garin 19 Switzerland SUI
AC Albert Andersen 29 Denmark DEN
AC Gaston Heuet 27 France FRA
AC Charles Clibbon 25 Great Britain GBR
AC Carlo Speroni 24 Italy ITA
AC Alfred Gaschen Switzerland SUI
AC Eric Backman 23 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 Verner Magnusson 29 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/2 Edward Lawrence Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/2 Nils Bergström 21 Sweden SWE
7 h1 r1/2 Lucien Duquesne 19 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Diodoro Pons Spain ESP
7 h3 r1/2 Alexandros Kranis Greece GRE
8 h1 r1/2 Pierre Devaux 22 Belgium BEL
8 h2 r1/2 Konosuke Sano 25 Japan JPN
8 h3 r1/2 Earl Johnson 29 United States USA
9 h2 r1/2 Aimé Proot Belgium BEL
9 h3 r1/2 George Cornetta 26 United States USA
10 h2 r1/2 Sinton Hewitt 32 Australia AUS
10 h3 r1/2 Constantino Lussana 28 Italy ITA
11 h3 r1/2 Karel Pacák 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 h3 r1/2 Zensaku Motegi 27 Japan JPN
AC h1 r1/2 Julius Ebert 21 Denmark DEN
AC h1 r1/2 Jüri Lossman 29 Estonia EST
AC h1 r1/2 Phadeppa Chaugule India IND
AC h1 r1/2 Amisoli Patasoni 19 United States USA