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10,000 metres, Men

Date7 – 8 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants30 from 13 countries

Two of the three heats were won by Finland’s Kolehmainen brothers - Hannes and Tatu. The final was held on a very hot day and four of the 15 qualifiers did not start. Hannes Kolehmainen took the lead on the second lap and eventually dropped the field by the sixth lap. He eventually ran uncontested to win by over 45 seconds. The silver medal went to Lewis Tewanima, a Hopi Indian and Jim Thorpe’s teammate at the Carlisle Indian School.

Hannes Kolehmainen’s winning time was “somewhat” of a world record. At the beginning of 1912 there was no official world record, as the IAAF did not start recognizing marks until 1913. Until 1911, the best mark on record by an amateur was 31:40.0 by Walter George (GBR), set in London on 28 July 1884 during a 12-mile handicap race. The professional best had been set by Alfred Shrubb (GBR) in Glasgow on 5 November 1904 during a one-hour race. But on 16 November 1911, Jean Bouin ran 30:58.8 at Colombes, France. Bouin did not run the 10K at Stockholm but finished a very close second to Hannes Kolehmainen in the 5K.

When the IAAF began to recognize world records, they thought that Bouin had run his mark in 1913. They recognized only Kolehmainen’s winning Stockholm time as the initial IAAF-approved world record. Bouin’s mark did not receive official recognition until 1926.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1Hannes KolehmainenFIN33:49.0 (1 h1)31:20.8 (1)GoldWR
2Lewis TewanimaUSA32:31.4 (2 h2)32:06.6 (2)Silver
3Albin StenroosFIN33:28.4 (4 h2)32:21.8 (3)Bronze
4Joe KeeperCAN33:58.8 (2 h1)32:36.2 (4)
5Alfonso OrlandoITA33:44.6 (5 h2)33:31.2 (5)
ACTatu KolehmainenFIN32:47.8 (1 h3)– (AC)
ACWilliam ScottGBR32:55.2 (2 h3)– (AC)
ACLen RichardsonRSA32:30.3 (1 h2)– (AC)
ACMauritz CarlssonSWE33:06.2 (3 h2)– (AC)
ACLouis ScottUSA34:14.2 (3 h3)– (AC)
ACHugh MaguireUSA34:32.0 (5 h3)– (AC)
3 h1 r1/2Gaston HeuetFRA34:50.0 (3 h1)
4 h1 r1/2John EkeSWE34:55.8 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/2Martin PerssonSWE34:18.6 (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2Ernest GloverGBR35:12.2 (5 h1)
6 h1 r1/2Albert ÖbergSWE35:45.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2Alfonso SánchezCHI– (6 h2)
7 h2 r1/2Brynolf LarssonSWE– (7 h2)
AC h1 r1/2Vladimír PencBOH– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2George LeeGBR– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Charles RuffellGBR– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Mikhail NikolskyRUS– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2William KramerUSA– (AC h1)
AC h1 r1/2Harry HellawellUSA– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/2Thomas HumphreysGBR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Frederick HibbinsGBR– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Gregor VietzGER– (AC h2)
AC h2 r1/2Bror FockSWE– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/2George HillANZ– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2George WallachGBR– (AC h3)
DNSMarcel RadiqueFRA
DNSFilip LöwendahlSWE
DNSCarl HolmbergDEN
DNSFrank O'NeillGBR
DNSGrigory VoronkovRUS
DNSSándor KertészHUN
DNSLucien FremontFRA
DNSPyotr TimofeyevRUS
DNSClovis CambonFRA
DNSMihály VáradiHUN
DNSIosif ZaytsevRUS
DNSJan MrzygłodzkiAUT
DNSGeorges DumonteuilFRA
DNSWilliam MurrayANZ
DNSKarl HackAUT
DNSFelix KwietonAUT
DNSFrançois DelloyeBEL
DNSFrantišek SlavíkBOH
DNSAlex DecouteauCAN
DNSEd FabreCAN
DNSHolger BadenDEN
DNSViggo PedersenDEN
DNSJean BouinFRA
DNSGustave LauvauxFRA
DNSLouis PauteixFRA
DNSHenri TeyssedouFRA
DNSTom JackGBR
DNSIraklis SakellaropoulosGRE
DNSÖdön KárpátiHUN
DNSAntal LovasHUN
DNSCarlo SperoniITA
DNSChris GitshamRSA
DNSNikolay KhorkovRUS
DNSDragutin TomaševićSRB
DNSHjalmar AnderssonSWE
DNSJohn KlintbergSWE
DNSKlas LundströmSWE
DNSBror ModighSWE
DNSHenrik NordströmSWE
DNSGeorge BonhagUSA
DNSJoseph ErxlebenUSA
DNSJohn GallagherUSA
DNSMike RyanUSA
DNSHarry SmithUSA
DNSGarnett WikoffUSA

Round One (7 July 1912)

Top five in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (9:00)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Hannes KolehmainenFIN33:49.0QOR
2Joe KeeperCAN33:58.8Q
3Gaston HeuetFRA34:50.0Q
4John EkeSWE34:55.8Q
5Ernest GloverGBR35:12.2Q
6Albert ÖbergSWE35:45.0
ACGeorge LeeGBRDNF
ACCharles RuffellGBRDNF
ACVladimír PencBOHDNF
ACWilliam KramerUSADNF
ACMikhail NikolskyRUSDNF
ACHarry HellawellUSADNF

Heat Two (9:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Len RichardsonRSA32:30.3QOR
2Lewis TewanimaUSA32:31.4Q
3Mauritz CarlssonSWE33:06.2Q
4Albin StenroosFIN33:28.4Q
5Alfonso OrlandoITA33:44.6Q
6Alfonso SánchezCHI
7Brynolf LarssonSWE
ACBror FockSWEDNF
ACThomas HumphreysGBRDNF
ACFrederick HibbinsGBRDNF
ACGregor VietzGERDNF

Heat Three (13:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Tatu KolehmainenFIN32:47.8Q
2William ScottGBR32:55.2Q
3Louis ScottUSA34:14.2Q
4Martin PerssonSWE34:18.6Q
5Hugh MaguireUSA34:32.0Q
ACGeorge WallachGBRDNF
ACGeorge HillANZDNF

Final (8 July 1912 — 16:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Hannes KolehmainenFIN31:20.8WR
2Lewis TewanimaUSA32:06.6
3Albin StenroosFIN32:21.8
4Joe KeeperCAN32:36.2
5Alfonso OrlandoITA33:31.2
ACMauritz CarlssonSWEDNF
ACTatu KolehmainenFINDNF
ACLouis ScottUSADNF
ACWilliam ScottGBRDNF
ACHugh MaguireUSADNF
ACLen RichardsonRSADNF

Splits

1500 m4:13Hannes Kolehmainen
3000 m8:52Hannes Kolehmainen
5000 m15:11.4Hannes Kolehmainen