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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 6, 1924
Date Finished: July 13, 1924
Events: 27

Participants: 659 (659 men and 0 women) from 40 countries
Youngest Participant: FRA Francis Galtier (17 years, 63 days)
Oldest Participant: TCH Boris Honzátko (48 years, 196 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FIN Ville Ritola (6 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (32 medals)


The 1924 Olympic athletics competition was held at the [Stade Olympique de Colombes], slightly north of Paris. The track was 500 metres and this was the last time that Olympic competition would be contested on other than a 400-metre track. The 1924 Olympic track & field events were later depicted in the Academy Award winning movie Chariots of Fire. The movie followed the exploits of two British sprinters, [Harold Abrahams] and [Eric Liddell], as they prepared for and then competed at the 1924 Olympic Games. But the actual star of track & field was the great Finnish distance runner, [Paavo Nurmi]. Nurmi won both the 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres, running those finals within an hour of each other. He also won the individual cross-country and ran on winning Finnish teams in the cross-country and 3,000 metre team races, winning five gold medals in all, still the most won by any athlete in track & field at a single Olympics.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres GBR Harold Abrahams USA Jackson Scholz NZL Arthur Porritt
Men's 200 metres USA Jackson Scholz USA Charley Paddock GBR Eric Liddell
Men's 400 metres GBR Eric Liddell USA Horatio Fitch GBR Guy Butler
Men's 800 metres GBR Douglas Lowe SUI Paul Martin USA Sky Enck
Men's 1,500 metres FIN Paavo Nurmi SUI Willy Schärer GBR Henry Stallard
Men's 5,000 metres FIN Paavo Nurmi FIN Ville Ritola SWE Edvin Wide
Men's 10,000 metres FIN Ville Ritola SWE Edvin Wide FIN Eero Berg
Men's Marathon FIN Albin Stenroos ITA Romeo Bertini USA Clarence DeMar
Men's 110 metres Hurdles USA Dan Kinsey RSA Sid Atkinson SWE Sten Pettersson
Men's 400 metres Hurdles USA Morgan Taylor FIN Erkka Wilén USA Ivan Riley
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase FIN Ville Ritola FIN Elias Katz FRA Paul Bontemps
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States GBR Great Britain NED Netherlands
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States SWE Sweden GBR Great Britain
Men's 3,000 metres, Team FIN Finland GBR Great Britain USA United States
Men's 10 kilometres Walk ITA Ugo Frigerio GBR Gordon Goodwin RSA Cecil McMaster
Men's Cross-Country, Individual FIN Paavo Nurmi FIN Ville Ritola USA Earl Johnson
Men's Cross-Country, Team FIN Finland USA United States FRA France
Men's High Jump USA Harold Osborn USA Leroy Brown FRA Pierre Lewden
Men's Pole Vault USA Lee Barnes USA Glenn Graham USA Jim Brooker
Men's Long Jump USA DeHart Hubbard USA Ned Gourdin NOR Sverre Hansen
Men's Triple Jump AUS Nick Winter ARG Luis Brunetto FIN Ville Tuulos
Men's Shot Put USA Bud Houser USA Glenn Hartranft USA Ralph Hills
Men's Discus Throw USA Bud Houser FIN Vilho Niittymaa USA Tom Lieb
Men's Hammer Throw USA Fred Tootell USA Matt McGrath GBR Malcolm Nokes
Men's Javelin Throw FIN Jonni Myyrä SWE Gunnar Lindström USA Gene Oberst
Men's Pentathlon FIN Eero Lehtonen HUN Elemér Somfay USA Bob LeGendre
Men's Decathlon USA Harold Osborn USA Emerson Norton EST Aleksander Klumberg