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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 4, 1936
Date Finished: August 7, 1936

Gold: FIN Gunnar Höckert
Silver: FIN Lauri Lehtinen
Bronze: SWE Henry Jonsson


As always in this era, the Finns were favored, led by [Gunnar Höckert] and [Ilmari Salminen]. Salminen had already won the 10K in Berlin. The 1934 European Champion was France’s [Roger Rochard] but he did not get out of the heats. The final was led primarily by Japan’s [Kohei Murakoso], with Salminen and Lehtinen close behind. Höckert took the lead just before 4,000 metres with only the other Finns, Murakoso and Sweden’s [Henry Jonsson] in contact. With two laps to go, Salminen tripped over Lehtinen’s heels and fell, losing contact, although he would manage to finish sixth. At that point, Höckert surged with only Lehtinen staying on his back. But on the final lap, Höckert pulled away from Lehtinen and won the gold medal quite easily.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gunnar Höckert 26 Finland FIN Gold OR
2 Lauri Lehtinen 27 Finland FIN Silver
3 Henry Jonsson 24 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Kohei Murakoso 30 Japan JPN
5 Józef Noji 26 Poland POL
6 Ilmari Salminen 33 Finland FIN
7 Umberto Cerati 25 Italy ITA
8 Lou Zamperini 19 United States USA
9 Rolf Hansen 29 Norway NOR
10 Harry Siefert 25 Denmark DEN
11 Peter Ward 23 Great Britain GBR
12 Frank Close 23 Great Britain GBR
13 Don Lash 23 United States USA
14 Bror Hellström 21 Sweden SWE
AC Aubrey Reeve 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Åke Jansson 20 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/2 René Lécuron 27 France FRA
6 h3 r1/2 Salvatore Mastroieni 22 Italy ITA
7 h1 r1/2 Raymond Lefebvre 27 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Henry Nielsen 25 Denmark DEN
7 h3 r1/2 Roger Rochard 23 France FRA
8 h1 r1/2 Edmund Stadler 27 Germany GER
8 h2 r1/2 Karl-Heinz Becker 24 Germany GER
8 h3 r1/2 Cecil Matthews 21 New Zealand NZL
9 h1 r1/2 István Simon 23 Hungary HUN
9 h2 r1/2 Tom Deckard 20 United States USA
9 h3 r1/2 Jenő Szilágyi 25 Hungary HUN
10 h1 r1/2 Scotty Rankine 27 Canada CAN
10 h2 r1/2 János Kelen 25 Hungary HUN
10 h3 r1/2 Max Syring 27 Germany GER
11 h1 r1/2 Friedrich Fischer 28 Austria AUT
11 h2 r1/2 Hideo Tanaka 26 Japan JPN
11 h3 r1/2 Milton Wallace Canada CAN
12 h1 r1/2 Ivan Krevs 23 Yugoslavia YUG
12 h2 r1/2 Oscar Van Rumst 26 Belgium BEL
12 h3 r1/2 Hernando Navarrete 20 Colombia COL
13 h1 r1/2 Mohamed Ahmed Abu Sobea Egypt EGY
13 h2 r1/2 Valentín González 26 Mexico MEX
13 h3 r1/2 Michel Medinger, Sr. 27 Luxembourg LUX
14 h1 r1/2 Gottfried Utiger 24 Switzerland SUI
15 h1 r1/2 Raunaq Singh Gill 26 India IND