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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 1, 1928
Date Finished: August 4, 1928

Gold: FIN Toivo Loukola
Silver: FIN Paavo Nurmi
Bronze: FIN Ove Andersen


[Paavo Nurmi] was expected to dominate this event. In his heat he fell over the water jump on an early lap and was helped by Frenchman [Lucien Duquesne], who stopped to help him up. Nurmi reciprocated by pacing Duquesne throughout the remainder of the heat, helping him to qualify for the final. A few weeks before the Olympics, Nurmi’s teammate, [Toivo Loukola], had run the best mark on record with 9:25.2 in Helsinki. The final was expected to be between Nurmi, Loukola, and the defending champion, [Ville Ritola]. But Ritola ran poorly, probably tired from his gold medal effort the previous day in the 5,000, and he would not finish. Loukola dominated the final, pulling away on the fifth lap, and winning by almost 10 seconds in a new world best time. His time was recorded as 9:21 4/5, but this the first race in Olympic history where an electronic time was taken, and is known to us (a system was used at Stockholm in 1912, but no times have been found), and that time was 9:21.60.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Toivo Loukola 25 Finland FIN Gold WR
2 Paavo Nurmi 30 Finland FIN Silver
3 Ove Andersen 28 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Nils Eklöf 23 Sweden SWE
5 Henri Dartigues 25 France FRA
6 Lucien Duquesne 27 France FRA
7 Melvin Dalton 22 United States USA
8 William Spencer 27 United States USA
AC Ville Ritola 32 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/2 Walter Gegan 28 United States USA
4 h2 r1/2 Norman Biddulph 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Jean-Gunnar Lindgren 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Henry Oliver 25 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Edgard Viseur 23 Belgium BEL
5 h3 r1/2 Vernon Morgan 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Nello Bartolini 23 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Henrique Santos Portugal POR
6 h3 r1/2 Joe Blewitt 32 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/2 Jozef Langenus 29 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r1/2 Jesse Montgomery 23 United States USA
8 h1 r1/2 Art Keay 21 Canada CAN
AC h2 r1/2 Gerry Coughlan 25 Ireland IRL