| Event type

Marathon, Men

Date 5 August 1928 — 15:14
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants69 from 23 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

The 1928 marathon course started and ended at the Olympic Stadium, but was not strictly out-and-back, as there were small loops near the halfway point, and on the return to the Stadium. The race was very open with no strict favorite in the field. The race started at 3:14 PM on a cool, windy day, with high humidity. By 37 km. a small lead group had formed with Algerian-born Frenchman Boughera El Ouafi, Chile’s Manuel Plaza, American Joie Ray, Finland’s Martti Marttelin, and Japan’s Kanematsu Yamada. Ray briefly took the lead but was quickly passed and faded to finish fifth. Yamada then assumed the lead but he fell to the ground with cramps. Though he was able to get up and finish, he would finish fourth. Over the last five km., El Ouafi and Plaza opened up ground on Marttelin. El Ouafi would pull away shortly before entering the stadium and won the gold medal by 26 seconds over Plaza, with Marttelin third. El Ouafi was the first native-born African to win an Olympic gold medal. He had competed at the 1924 Olympics, but had competed very little since then. However, he served as a dispatch carrier for the French army in the war against Abdel Krim in 1926, running long distances in the desert which maintained his condition. After the Olympics, he turned professional and competed briefly in the United States.

171Bouguera El OuafiFRA2-32:57Gold
2686Manuel PlazaCHI2-33:23Silver
3796Martti MarttelinFIN2-35:02Bronze
4264Kanematsu YamadaJPN2-35:29
5556Joie RayUSA2-36:04
6260Seiichiro TsudaJPN2-36:20
7782Yrjö Korholin-KoskiFIN2-36:40
8452Sam FerrisGBR2-37:41
9547Whitey MichelsenUSA2-38:56
10647Cliff BrickerCAN2-39:24
11489Harry WoodGBR2-41:15
12791Verner LaaksonenFIN2-41:35
13478Harry PayneGBR2-42:29
14801Eino RastasFIN2-43:08
15803Väinö SipiläFIN2-43:08
16387Alois KrofTCH2-43:18
17660Johnny MilesCAN2-43:32
18607Leonard BroersBEL2-44:37
19739Hans StelgesGER2-45:27
20491Duncan WrightGBR2-45:30
21882Herb BignallGBR2-45:44
22461Ernie HarperGBR2-45:44
2375Jean GéraultFRA2-46:08
24781Ilmari KuokkaFIN2-46:34
25849Gustav KinnSWE2-47:35
26661Silas McLellanCAN2-49:33
27521Clarence DeMarUSA2-50:42
2869Marcel DenisFRA2-51:15
29108Guillaume TellFRA2-51:18
30315Henri LandheerNED2-51:59
31712Paul HempelGER2-52:01
32175Aurelio TerrazasMEX2-52:22
33394František ZykaTCH2-52:42
34230Giuseppe FerreraITA2-53:10
35176José TorresMEX2-54:00
36196Johan StøaNOR2-54:15
37627Gerard SteursBEL2-54:48
38149Artūrs MotmillersLAT2-56:45
39881Jimmy HeniganUSA2-56:50
40288Matthew SteytlerRSA2-57:21
41526Harvey FrickUSA2-57:24
42619Jan LinsenBEL2-58:08
43655Frank HughesCAN2-58:12
44495Bill AgeeUSA2-58:50
45673Percy WyerCAN2-58:52
46711Georg HörgerGER2-59:01
47735Kurt SchneiderGER2-59:36
48254Juichi NagataniJPN3-03:34
4913József GalambosHUN3-05:58
50710Paul GerhardtGER3-09:30
51690Gottlieb BachDEN3-10:30
52370Emilio FerrerESP3-11:05
53835Dimitrije StefanovićYUG3-11:35
54332Joop VermeulenNED3-13:47
55316Pleun van LeenenNED3-14:37
56622Joseph MariënBEL3-16:13
57330Willem van der SteenNED3-19:53
DNF222Romeo BertiniITA
DNF152Vilis CimmermanisLAT
DNF227Attilio ContonITA
DNF354Vintilă CristescuROU
DNF845Axel ElofsSWE
DNF304Bram GroenewegNED
DNF817Karl LaasEST
DNF697Aksel MadsenDEN
DNF232Stefano NataleITA
DNF329Teun SprongNED
DNF746Franz WandererGER
DNF700Orla OlsenDEN
DNS698Henry NielsenDEN
DNS672Harold WebsterCAN
DNS685O. MolinaCHI
DNS367Dionisio CarrerasESP
DNS95Léon NicolasFRA
DNS53Seghir BeddariFRA
DNS147Kārlis BukassLAT
DNS25Pál KirályHUN
DNS26Antal LovasHUN
DNS392Karel ŠťastnýTCH