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Men's Marathon

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 13, 1924
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: FIN Albin Stenroos
Silver: ITA Romeo Bertini
Bronze: USA Clarence DeMar


For the first time since 1908, the Olympic marathon was held over the 42.195 km. distance which would become the marathon standard. The course began and ended in the Colombes Stadium and run over an out-and-back course into the French country to the northwest of Paris. The defending champion, [Hannes Kolehmainen], competed in 1924, although he had not run any of the Finnish trial races. The Finnish Olympic trial was won by [Willie Kyrönen] with [Albin Stenroos] second. Also highly considered was the British runner, [Duncan Wright]. The top American runner was probably [Clarence DeMar] who had run in the 1912 Olympic marathon, and would eventually win seven Boston marathons.

The race started at 5:23 PM, delayed for two hours because the officials were concerned about the heat that had so affected the cross-country race the previous day. The early lead was taken by Greece's [Alexandros Kranis], but France's [Georges Verger] took over the lead at about 20 km. But just before the turnaround, Stenroos took the lead from Verger and powered ahead to an easy victory, winning by almost six minutes. By 27 km. a small pack of DeMar, Finland's [Lauri Halonen], and Italy's [Romeo Bertini] had settled into the race for the other medals. Bertini won the silver medal, a minute of DeMar who took the bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Albin Stenroos 35 Finland FIN Gold 2-41:22.6
2 Romeo Bertini 31 Italy ITA Silver 2-47:19.6
3 Clarence DeMar 35 United States USA Bronze 2-48:14.0
4 Lauri Halonen 30 Finland FIN 2-49:47.4
5 Sam Ferris 23 Great Britain GBR 2-52:26.0
6 Manuel Plaza 24 Chile CHI 2-52:54.0
7 Boughera El Ouafi 25 France FRA 2-54:19.6
8 Gustav Kinn 28 Sweden SWE 2-54:33.4
9 Dionisio Carreras 33 Spain ESP 2-57:18.4
10 Jüri Lossman 33 Estonia EST 2-57:54.6
11 Axel Jensen 24 Denmark DEN 2-58:44.8
12 Jean-Baptiste Manhès 27 France FRA 3-00:34.0
13 Jack Cuthbert Canada CAN 3-00:44.6
14 Victor McAuley 35 Canada CAN 3-02:05.4
15 Marcel Alavoine 26 Belgium BEL 3-03:20.0
16 Frank Wendling 26 United States USA 3-05:09.8
17 Arthur Farrimond 30 Great Britain GBR 3-05:15.0
18 Frank Zuna 31 United States USA 3-05:52.2
19 Harry Phillips South Africa RSA 3-07:13.0
20 Auguste Broos 29 Belgium BEL 3-14:03.0
21 Waldemar Karlsson 26 Sweden SWE 3-14:21.4
22 Tullio Biscuola 24 Italy ITA 3-19:05.0
23 Billy Churchill 38 United States USA 3-19:18.0
24 Mohammed Ghermati 27 France FRA 3-20:27.0
25 Chuck Mellor 30 United States USA 3-24:07.0
26 Pierre-Georges LeClercq 30 Belgium BEL 3-27:54.0
27 Jack McKenna 35 Great Britain GBR 3-30:40.0
28 Antal Lovas 39 Hungary HUN 3-35:34.0
29 Mahadeo Singh India IND 3-37:36.0
30 Elmar Reimann 31 Estonia EST 3-40:52.0
AC Alberto Cavallero 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Alexandros Kranis Greece GRE DNF
AC Angelo Malvicini 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Bobby Mills 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ralph Williams 23 United States USA DNF
AC Belisario Villacís Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Boris Honzátko 48 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Cornelis Brouwer 23 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Duncan Wright 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ernest Leatherland 29 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ernesto Alciati 22 Italy ITA DNF
AC Félicien Van De Putte Belgium BEL DNF
AC Georges Verger France FRA DNF
AC Gabriel Ruotsalainen 31 Finland FIN DNF
AC Gerard Steurs 22 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Iraklis Sakellaropoulos 36 Greece GRE DNF
AC Emil Kalous Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Hannes Kolehmainen 34 Finland FIN DNF
AC Josef Eberle Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Kikunosuke Tashiro 27 Japan JPN DNF
AC Pál Király 27 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Shizo Kanakuri 32 Japan JPN DNF
AC Teun Sprong 35 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Ettore Blasi 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Vilho Hietakari 30 Finland FIN DNF
AC Vyron Athanasiadis Greece GRE DNF
AC Ville Kyrönen 33 Finland FIN DNF
AC Yahei Miura 29 Japan JPN DNF