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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 29, 1928
Date Finished: July 29, 1928
Format: Final only.

Gold: FIN Paavo Nurmi
Silver: FIN Ville Ritola
Bronze: SWE Edvin Wide


The three greatest distance runners of the 1920 were [Paavo Nurmi], [Ville Ritola], and [Edvin Wide] – in that order. In this race, they pulled into the lead early and had 100 metres on the field at the halfway point. Wide was dropped by the Finns at 8K. Ritola was the official leader at every kilometer checkpoint from 2K to 9K. On the final lap, Nurmi pulled ahead with less than 100 metres remaining and won by three metres. This was his ninth and final gold medal. This was the third Olympic distance running event in which Nurmi, Ritola, and Wide had been the medalists, including the 5K in 1924 and 1928.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Paavo Nurmi 30 Finland FIN Gold 30:18.8 OR
2 Ville Ritola 32 Finland FIN Silver 30:19.4
3 Edvin Wide 32 Sweden SWE Bronze 31:00.8
4 Jean-Gunnar Lindgren 22 Sweden SWE 31:26.0
5 Arthur Muggridge Great Britain GBR 31:31.8
6 Ragnar Magnusson 26 Sweden SWE 31:37.2
7 Toivo Loukola 25 Finland FIN 31:39.0
8 Kalle Matilainen 28 Finland FIN 31:45.0
9 Wally Beavers 24 Great Britain GBR 31:48.0
10 Suttie Smith 22 Great Britain GBR 31:50.0
11 Robert Marchal 26 France FRA
12 George Constable Great Britain GBR
13 Arturo Peña 24 Spain ESP 32:21.8
14 Joie Ray 34 United States USA no time
15 Staņislavs Petkevičs 19 Latvia LAT no time
16 Seghir Beddari 26 France FRA no time
17 Karel Nedobitý 22 Czechoslovakia TCH no time
18 Julien Serwy Belgium BEL no time
19 Juichi Nagatani 25 Japan JPN no time
20 Danie Jacobs 24 South Africa RSA no time
AC Henri Lauvaux 27 France FRA DNF
AC Macauley Smith 23 United States USA DNF
AC John Romig 29 United States USA DNF
AC Chavan Singh India IND DNF