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Decathlon, Men

Date20 – 21 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants23 from 11 countries
FormatScoring by 1912B point tables.

The decathlon was not on the original 1920 Olympic Program, as the organizers decided that the pentathlon would suffice for the multi-eventers. But the decathlon was eventually added to the Program and Helge Løvland of Norway won the event. Through 1988, he remains the oldest Olympic decathlon champion in history. Løvland had set a world record in the decathlon in 1919 of 7,786.92 points, although it was inferior to Jim Thorpe’s mark. He had also set three world records in the pentathlon in 1918-19. The 1920 decathlon was the closest in Olympic history, with Løvland coming from behind to win the gold medal in the 1,500 metres when he outran Brutus Hamilton by 9.4 seconds. In an interview many years later, when asked if he could have defeated Thorpe in his prime, Løvland replied, “Oh, no, he was too good.”

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1541Helge LøvlandNOR6803.355012.06.28011.191.6554.816.237.3403.2048.0104:48.4Gold
2176Brutus HamiltonUSA6771.275011.46.32511.611.6055.017.336.1453.3048.0804:57.8Silver
3615Bertil OhlsonSWE6580.220012.06.43511.071.6555.017.037.7853.3039.8904:50.6Bronze
4585Gösta HolmérSWE6532.150011.85.92011.061.7056.516.634.8203.2047.6205:01.6
5614Evert NilssonSWE6433.530012.25.67011.391.7555.720.034.7703.4049.2804:45.6
6291Valdemar WickholmFIN6405.460011.66.12011.441.6052.816.832.3003.0042.7604:45.6
7246Gene VidalUSA6358.570012.06.13011.161.6555.717.137.3003.3035.3204:46.6
8582Axel-Erik GyllenstolpeSWE6331.625012.06.35010.691.6555.816.833.6552.9049.3105:01.4
9637Ernst GerspachSUI5948.107512.06.00010.591.6057.017.232.7853.1041.8855:02.3
10634Constant BucherSUI5274.695011.85.8559.711.4556.019.232.4352.9036.4604:56.4
1130René Joannes-PowellBEL5091.657512.25.9359.471.5556.418.028.2902.9029.6354:52.6
12517Gensabulo NoguchiJPN3668.630012.15.6308.131.4557.221.9702.6035.4805:11.2
AC170Harry GoelitzUSA12.05.83510.811.6553.916.433.5002.8037.300DNF
AC534Einar RæderNOR12.06.27510.991.6555.717.028.7452.5035.740DNF
AC682Aleksander KlumbergEST12.46.21011.611.7058.218.035.9153.10DNF
AC161Everett EllisUSA12.05.66511.451.6054.616.231.6352.70DNF
AC472Carlo ButtiITA12.65.74010.611.5558.019.0DNF
AC269Eero LehtonenFIN11.66.55510.661.5054.4DNF
AC650Eduard HašekTCH11.66.1259.931.5055.6DNF
AC262Paavo JohanssonFIN12.46.04011.691.551:00.2DNF
AC433Apostolos NikolaidisGRE12.85.44511.291.65DNF
AC428James AndromedasGRE13.35.5209.921.55DNF
AC267Hugo LahtinenFIN12.06.23010.06DNF
DNSFRA
DNS294Géo AndréFRA
DNS369Gabriel SempéFRA
DNS353Martial SimonFRA
DNSJean DesforgesFRA