| Event type

Cross-Country, Individual, Men

Date15 July 1912 — 14:15
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants45 from 10 countries
Formatcirca 12,000 metres. Two laps with a start and finish inthe Olympic Stadium. The runners ran ¼ lap in the Stadium, returned to the Stadium later and ran anotehr ½ lap, and eventually finished with ¾ lap inside the Stadium.

This was the first time that a cross-country event was held on the Olympic program, although it would also be conducted in 1920 and 1924. The course was not reveale to the participants prior to the start, but was marked just before the race began with red ribbons. It was very hilly, through the forest with steep inclines and descents, and many natural obstacles. The British and Continental runners were not used to this kind of terrain and the race was dominated by the Swedes and Finns.

The international cross-country championship had been won 1911 by Jean Bouin, who would also win in 1912-1913. But Hannes Kolehmainen had already won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at Stockholm, and when he elected to run the cross-country, he had to be favored. Kolehmainen won easily by over 30 seconds. Two Swedes, Hjalmar Andersson and John Eke, won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Bouin ran in this race, but did not finish.

1Hannes KolehmainenFIN45:11.6Gold
2Hjalmar AnderssonSWE45:44.8Silver
3John EkeSWE46:37.6Bronze
4Lauri EskolaFIN46:54.8
5Josef TernströmSWE47:07.7
6Albin StenroosFIN47:23.4
7Ville KyrönenFIN47:32.0
8Len RichardsonRSA47:33.5
9Brynolf LarssonSWE47:37.4
10Johan SundkvistSWE47:40.0
11Viljam JohanssonFIN48:03.0
12Harry HellawellUSA48:12.0
13Klas LundströmSWE48:45.4
14Lauritz ChristiansenDEN49:06.4
15Frederick HibbinsGBR49:18.2
16Ernest GloverGBR49:53.7
17Bror FockSWE50:15.8
18Thomas HumphreysGBR50:28.0
19Olaf HovdenakNOR50:40.8
20Parelius FinnerudNOR51:16.2
21Gustaf CarlénSWE51:26.8
22Johannes AndersenNOR51:47.4
23Viggo PedersenDEN53:00.8
24Louis ScottUSA53:51.4
25Väinö HeikkiläFIN54:08.0
26Gerhard ToppDEN54:24.9
27Gregor VietzGER54:40.6
28Steen RasmussenDEN55:27.0
DNFEmmerich RathAUT
DNFHolger BadenDEN
DNFFritz DanildDEN
DNFKarl JensenDEN
DNFEfraim HarjuFIN
DNFAarne LindholmFIN
DNFJean BouinFRA
DNFBilly CottrillGBR
DNFWilliam ScottGBR
DNFEdvin HellgrenSWE
DNFJohn KlintbergSWE
DNFAxel LindahlSWE
DNFHenrik NordströmSWE
DNFGeorge BonhagUSA
DNFTell BernaUSA
DNFWilliam KramerUSA
DNSCarl HolmbergDEN
DNSPyotr TimofeyevRUS
DNSMihály VáradiHUN
DNSIosif ZaytsevRUS
DNSWilliam MurrayANZ
DNSVladimír PencBOH
DNSRudolf RichterBOH
DNSFrantišek SlavíkBOH
DNSHenri ArnaudFRA
DNSHenri TeyssedouFRA
DNSGeorge LeeGBR
DNSCharles RuffellGBR
DNSGeorge WallachGBR
DNSNikolay KhorkovRUS