| Event type

10,000 metres, Men

Date19 – 20 August 1920
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants35 from 17 countries

The world record for the 10,000 was 30:58.8, set by Jean Bouin in winning at Colombes in November 1911. But Bouin was not at Antwerp, having succumbed to the horrors of World War I in September 1914. In the 10K, Paavo Nurmi and Joseph Guillemot resumed the battle they had waged in the 5,000 only three days earlier. These two, and James Wilson of Great Britain, held the pace for most of the race. The pack briefly caught the three leaders, until Guillemot picked up the pace with five laps remaining. Nurmi took the lead at the bell and led the entire final lap to win.

1275Paavo NurmiFIN33:48.2 (2 h1)31:45.8 (1)Gold
2329Joseph GuillemotFRA32:41.6 (1 h2)31:50.5est (2)Silver
3426James WilsonGBR33:40.2 (1 h1)31:56est (3)Bronze
4487Augusto MaccarioITA33:56.4 (3 h1)32:04est (4)
5395James HattonGBR32:13.3est / at 1 metre (5 h3)32:10est (5)
6350Jean-Baptiste ManhèsFRA34:20.8 (4 h1)32:35est (6)
7271Heikki LiimatainenFIN32:08.2 (1 h3)32:36est (7)
8164Fred FallerUSA33:18.0 (4 h2)32:46est (8)
9635Oscar GarinSUI33:45.0 (5 h2)34:30est (9)
AC88Albert AndersenDEN33:00.0 (3 h2)– (DNF)
AC336Gaston HeuetFRA32:11.1est / at 12 metres (3 h3)– (DNF)
AC385Charles ClibbonGBR32:08.8est / at 3 metres (2 h3)– (DNF)
AC498Carlo SperoniITA32:13.1est / at 10 metres (4 h3)– (DNF)
AC636Alfred GaschenSUI35:54.6 (5 h1)– (DNF)
AC567Eric BackmanSWE32:48.0 (2 h2)– (DNF)
6 h1 r1/2609Verner MagnussonSWE36:03.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/277Eddie LawrenceCAN33:50est (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2568Nils BergströmSWE32:23.0est / at 50 metres (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2315Lucien DuquesneFRA36:20est (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/246Aimé ProotBEL34:00est (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2432Alexandros KranisGRE33:38.0est / at 1 lap (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/218Pierre DevauxBEL38:00est (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2126Diodoro PonsESP– (8 h2)
9 h2 r1/2520Konosuke SanoJPN– (9 h2)
AC h1 r1/292Julius EbertDEN– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r1/2680Jüri LossmanEST– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r1/2508Phadeppa ChauguleIND– (DNF h1)
AC h1 r1/2217Amisoli PatasoniUSA– (DNF h1)
AC h2 r1/22Sinton HewittAUS– (DNF h2)
AC h3 r1/2187Earl JohnsonUSA– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/2146George CornettaUSA– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/2484Costantino LussanaITA– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2665Karel PacákTCH– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2516Zensaku MotegiJPN– (AC h3)
AC h3 r1/2608Emanuel LundströmSWE– (DNF h3)
DNS55Julien Van CampenhoutBEL– (DNS h3)
DNS307Louis CorletFRA
DNS263Hannes KolehmainenFIN– (DNS h1)
DNS302Edmond BimonFRA
DNS374René VignaudFRA
DNS518Tomeichi OhuraJPN
DNS265Teodor KoskenniemiFIN– (DNS h2)

Round One (19 August 1920)

Top five in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (10:30)

1426James WilsonGBR33:40.2Q
2275Paavo NurmiFIN33:48.2Q
3487Augusto MaccarioITA33:56.4Q
4350Jean-Baptiste ManhèsFRA34:20.8Q
5636Alfred GaschenSUI35:54.6Q
6609Verner MagnussonSWE36:03.2
7315Lucien DuquesneFRA36:20est
818Pierre DevauxBEL38:00est
DNF680Jüri LossmanEST1
DNF508Phadeppa ChauguleIND2
DNF92Julius EbertDEN3
DNF217Amisoli PatasoniUSA4
DNS263Hannes KolehmainenFIN

Heat Two (11:15)

1329Joseph GuillemotFRA32:41.6Q
2567Eric BackmanSWE32:48.0Q
388Albert AndersenDEN33:00.0Q
4164Fred FallerUSA33:18.0Q
5635Oscar GarinSUI33:45.0Q
677Eddie LawrenceCAN33:50est
746Aimé ProotBEL34:00est
8126Diodoro PonsESP
9520Konosuke SanoJPN
DNF2Sinton HewittAUS
DNS265Teodor KoskenniemiFIN

Heat Three (16:15)

1271Heikki LiimatainenFIN32:08.2Q
2385Charles ClibbonGBR32:08.8est / at 3 metresQ
3336Gaston HeuetFRA32:11.1est / at 12 metresQ
4498Carlo SperoniITA32:13.1est / at 10 metresQ
5395James HattonGBR32:13.3est / at 1 metreQ
6568Nils BergströmSWE32:23.0est / at 50 metres
7432Alexandros KranisGRE33:38.0est / at 1 lap
AC484Costantino LussanaITA
AC665Karel PacákTCH
AC516Zensaku MotegiJPN
DNF187Earl JohnsonUSA
DNF146George CornettaUSA
DNF608Emanuel LundströmSWE
DNS55Julien Van CampenhoutBEL

Final (20 August 1920 — 16:30)

1275Paavo NurmiFIN31:45.8
2329Joseph GuillemotFRA31:50.5est5
3426James WilsonGBR31:56est6
4487Augusto MaccarioITA32:04est
5395James HattonGBR32:10est
6350Jean-Baptiste ManhèsFRA32:35est
7271Heikki LiimatainenFIN32:36est
8164Fred FallerUSA32:46est
9635Oscar GarinSUI34:30est
DNF636Alfred GaschenSUI7
DNF385Charles ClibbonGBR8
DNF498Carlo SperoniITA9
DNF567Eric BackmanSWE10
DNF336Gaston HeuetFRA11
DNF88Albert AndersenDEN