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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 1, 1928
Date Finished: August 2, 1928

Gold: FIN Harri Larva
Silver: FRA Jules Ladoumègue
Bronze: FIN Eino Purje


Oddly the 1928 1,500 metres saw many top runners opt for other distances, either moving down to the 800 or up the 5,000. The three remaining favorites were France’s [Jules Ladoumègue], Finland’s [Eino Purje], and his countryman, [Harri Larva]. The pace in the final was somewhat slow, with Purje leading at 800 metres in 2:04, with Larva on his shoulder. On the last lap, Ladoumègue took the lead on the backstretch, and Purje fell behind. On the final straight, Larva pulled up to Ladoumègue’s shoulder and pulled ahead only 20 metres from the tape. Purje did hang on to get the bronze medal. In 1930 Ladoumègue would become the first man to better 3:50 for the 1,500 and in 1931 he was the first runner under 4:10 for the mile.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Harri Larva 21 Finland FIN Gold OR
2 Jules Ladoumègue 21 France FRA Silver
3 Eino Purje 28 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Hans Wichmann 23 Germany GER
5 Cyril Ellis 24 Great Britain GBR
6 Paul Martin 26 Switzerland SUI
7 Hans-Helmuth Krause Germany GER
8 Adolf Kittel 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
9 William Whyte 24 Australia AUS
10 Ray Conger 24 United States USA
11 Jean Keller 22 France FRA
AC Herbert Böcher 25 Germany GER
3 h1 r1/2 József Marton Hungary HUN
3 h2 r1/2 Armas Kinnunen 28 Finland FIN
3 h3 r1/2 Stan Ashby 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/2 Reg Thomas 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/2 Edvin Wide 32 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r1/2 Nick Carter 25 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Luigi Beccali 20 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/2 Albert Larsen 27 Denmark DEN
4 h3 r1/2 Vilém Šindler 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h4 r1/2 David Griffin 23 Canada CAN
4 h5 r1/2 Otto Peltzer 28 Germany GER
4 h6 r1/2 Leo Helgas 25 Finland FIN
5 h1 r1/2 Guus Zeegers 22 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r1/2 Reidar Jørgensen 23 Norway NOR
5 h3 r1/2 Serafín Dengra 25 Argentina ARG
5 h4 r1/2 Leopoldo Ledesma 24 Argentina ARG
5 h5 r1/2 Alex Docherty 24 Canada CAN
5 h6 r1/2 Danie Jacobs 24 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r1/2 George Hyde 23 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Jack Walter 19 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/2 Luka Predanić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h5 r1/2 Reggie Bell 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h6 r1/2 Czesław Foryś 23 Poland POL
7 h1 r1/2 Józef Jaworski 24 Poland POL
7 h3 r1/2 Pete Walter 23 Canada CAN
7 h6 r1/2 Wilhelm Effern 21 Netherlands NED
8 h1 r1/2 Séra Martin 21 France FRA
8 h3 r1/2 Jan Zeegers 26 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r1/2 Gyula Belloni 24 Hungary HUN
AC h2 r1/2 Frédéric du Hen 24 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r1/2 Lloyd Hahn 29 United States USA
AC h4 r1/2 Sid Robinson 25 United States USA