| Event type

5,000 metres, Men

Date9 – 10 July 1912
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants31 from 11 countries

The 5,000 metre individual race was held at the Olympics for the first time. A team event over this distance had been contested in 1900. The distance was rarely run internationally, and neither America nor Britain had contested a 5,000 metre or 3-mile championship as of 1912.

Finland’s Hannes Kolehmainen had won the 10,000 metres the day before the first round of this event but he was not pressed in winning heat four to advance to the final. In the final, Kolehmainen and France’s Jean Bouin quickly pulled away from the field. For the remainder of the race, until the final straight, Bouin led with Kolehmainen on his heels. Finally, after repeated attempts to pass Bouin, Kolehmainen pulled ahead only 20 metres from the finish. The two leaders shattered the previous world record, as nobody had previously broken 15 minutes for the distance.

In September 1914, both Bouin and the bronze medalist, Britain’s George Hutson were killed in World War I.

1Hannes KolehmainenFIN15:38.9 (1 h4)14:36.6 (1)GoldWR
2Jean BouinFRA15:05.0 (1 h5)14:36.7 (2)Silver
3George HutsonGBR15:29.0 (3 h2)15:07.6 (3)Bronze
4George BonhagUSA15:22.6 (1 h1)15:09.8est (4)
5Tell BernaUSA15:53.3 (3 h4)15:10.0est (5)
6Alex DecouteauCAN15:24.2 (2 h1)– (6)
7Mauritz CarlssonSWE15:34.6 (1 h3)15:18.6 (7)
ACJoe KeeperCAN15:28.9 (2 h2)– (AC)
ACCyril PorterGBR16:23.4 (3 h3)– (AC)
ACLouis ScottUSA15:23.5 (1 h2)– (AC)
2 h3 r1/2Ernest GloverGBR16:09.1 (2 h3)– (DNS)
2 h4 r1/2Henrik NordströmSWE15:49.1 (2 h4)– (DNS)
2 h5 r1/2Thorild OlssonSWE15:25.2 (2 h5)– (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2Frederick HibbinsGBR15:27.6 (3 h1)– (DNS)
3 h5 r1/2Viljam JohanssonFIN15:31.4 (3 h5)– (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2George HillANZ15:56.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Bror ModighSWE16:07.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2Mikhail NikolskyRUS17:21.7 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2George LeeGBR– (4 h4)
AC h1 r1/2Klas LundströmSWE– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2Charles RuffellGBR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Martin PerssonSWE– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Eddie FitzgeraldUSA– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2Aarne LindholmFIN– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2Garnett WikoffUSA– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/2Gregor VietzGER– (AC h4)
AC h5 r1/2Alfonso SánchezCHI– (AC h5)
AC h5 r1/2Gaston HeuetFRA– (AC h5)
AC h5 r1/2Arthur TrebleGBR– (AC h5)
AC h5 r1/2Alfonso OrlandoITA– (AC h5)
AC h5 r1/2Wallace McCurdyUSA– (AC h5)
DNSMihály VáradiHUN
DNSMarcel RadigueFRA
DNSGuglielmo BecattiniITA
DNSPyotr TimofeyevRUS
DNSLucien FremontFRA
DNSJean-Marie RocheFRA
DNSPierre LalaimodeFRA
DNSIosif ZaytsevRUS
DNSMarcel DudantFRA
DNSFrank O'NeillGBR
DNSFilip LöwendahlSWE
DNSGrigory VoronkovRUS
DNSSándor KertészHUN
DNSGeorges DumonteilFRA
DNSAnton NilssonSWE
DNSFelix KwietonAUT
DNSEfraim HarjuFIN
DNSHenri ArnaudFRA
DNSAlexandre FayollatFRA
DNSGustave LauvauxFRA
DNSPaul LizandierFRA
DNSWilliam CottrillGBR
DNSEddie OwenGBR
DNSWilliam ScottGBR
DNSGeorge WallachGBR
DNSIraklis SakellaropoulosGRE
DNSFerenc ForgácsHUN
DNSÖdön KárpátiHUN
DNSAntal LovasHUN
DNSCarlo SperoniITA
DNSChris GitshamRSA
DNSLen RichardsonRSA
DNSJohn VictorRSA
DNSNikolay KhorkovRUS
DNSNils FrykbergSWE
DNSAlbert ÖbergSWE
DNSVahram PapazyanTUR
DNSLewis AndersonUSA
DNSWilliam KramerUSA
DNSLouis MadeiraUSA
DNSHarry SmithUSA
DNSNorm TaberUSA

Round One (9 July 1912)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (9:30)

1George BonhagUSA15:22.6Q
2Alex DecouteauCAN15:24.2Q
3Frederick HibbinsGBR15:27.6Q
4George HillANZ15:56.8
ACKlas LundströmSWEDNF

Heat Two (ca. 10:00)

1Louis ScottUSA15:23.5Q
2Joe KeeperCAN15:28.9Q
3George HutsonGBR15:29.0Q
4Bror ModighSWE16:07.1
ACMartin PerssonSWEDNF
ACCharles RuffellGBRDNF
ACEddie FitzgeraldUSADNF

Heat Three (ca. 10:30)

1Mauritz CarlssonSWE15:34.6Q
2Ernest GloverGBR16:09.1Q
3Cyril PorterGBR16:23.4Q
4Mikhail NikolskyRUS17:21.7
ACGarnett WikoffUSADNF
ACAarne LindholmFINDNF

Heat Four (ca. 16:45)

1Hannes KolehmainenFIN15:38.9Q
2Henrik NordströmSWE15:49.1Q
3Tell BernaUSA15:53.3Q
4George LeeGBR
ACGregor VietzGERDNF

Heat Five (ca. 16:45)

1Jean BouinFRA15:05.0QOR
2Thorild OlssonSWE15:25.2Q
3Viljam JohanssonFIN15:31.4Q
ACAlfonso OrlandoITADNF
ACAlfonso SánchezCHIDNF
ACArthur TrebleGBRDNF
ACGaston HeuetFRADNF
ACWallace McCurdyUSADNF

Final (10 July 1912 — 14:00)

1Hannes KolehmainenFIN14:36.6WR
2Jean BouinFRA14:36.7
3George HutsonGBR15:07.6
4George BonhagUSA15:09.8est
5Tell BernaUSA15:10.0est
6Alex DecouteauCAN
7Mauritz CarlssonSWE15:18.6
ACLouis ScottUSA
ACJoe KeeperCAN
ACCyril PorterGBR
DNSFrederick HibbinsGBR1
DNSErnest GloverGBR
DNSHenrik NordströmSWE
DNSThorild OlssonSWE
DNSViljam JohanssonFIN


1500 m4:17Hannes Kolehmainen
2000 m5:47Hannes Kolehmainen
2500 m7:17Hannes Kolehmainen
3000 m8:46Hannes Kolehmainen
3 mile14:07.2Hannes Kolehmainen