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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 6, 1932

Gold: FIN Volmari Iso-Hollo
Silver: GBR Tom Evenson
Bronze: USA Joe McCluskey


The Finns were the dominant distance running nation, and were expected to provide the winner. They did so, with [Volmari Iso-Hollo] winning easily. As he came to the end of the 3,000 metres in the final, he had a large lead, but the lap counter had made a mistake, and all the runners ran an extra lap, thus the race was actually 3,460 metres. That made no difference to Iso-Hollo, but the silver and bronze medalists would have been different. At the end of the regulation distance, [Joe McCluskey] was in second place, but he was passed on the last lap by Britain’s [Tom Evenson], who won the silver medal. McCluskey had set a world best at the US Olympic Trials shortly before the Olympics, running 9:14.5.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Volmari Iso-Hollo 25 Finland FIN Gold
2 Tom Evenson 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Joe McCluskey 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Martti Matilainen 24 Finland FIN
5 George Bailey 26 Great Britain GBR
6 Glen Dawson 25 United States USA
7 Giuseppe Lippi 28 Italy ITA
8 Walter Pritchard 22 United States USA
9 Verner Toivonen 24 Finland FIN
10 Nello Bartolini 28 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Roger Vigneron France FRA
6 h2 r1/2 Alfredo Furia 26 Italy ITA
AC h1 r1/2 Luis Oliva 24 Argentina ARG
AC h2 r1/2 Harold Gallop 22 Canada CAN
AC h2 r1/2 Sonny Murphy 26 Ireland IRL