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1,500 metres, Men

Date9 – 10 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants40 from 22 countries

At the end of 1923, Paavo Nurmi was the current world record holder at both 1,500 metres and the mile. He wanted to double at the Olympics in the 1,500 and 5,000 but the schedule came out with the finals only 55 minutes apart. He still elected to attempt the double. Although he hurt his knee a few weeks before the Olympics, his punishing training program allowed him to recover quickly and three weeks before the Olympics, he broke his 1,500 world record with a time of 3:52.6. At the Olympics, he qualified for the 5,000 final on 8 July, and easily won his 1,500 heat the next day. The two finals were on the evening of 10 July. Nurmi had little opposition in this event, as runners were effectively avoiding him and opting for other distances. In the 1,500 final Nurmi went thru 800 in 1:58.5 and only America’s Ray Watson was still with him. But Watson fell back before the end of the second lap (the track was 500 metres) and Nurmi concentrated then only on conserving energy for the 5K. He won the race with Switzerland’s Willy Schärer second, about 12 metres behind. The bronze medalist, Henry Stallard, sustained a stress fracture in his foot during the heats, but ran the final in pain. Less than 45 minutes later, Nurmi returned to the Colombes Stadium track and won the 5,000 metres.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1Paavo NurmiFIN4:07.6 (1 h3)3:53.6 (1)GoldOR
2Willy SchärerSUI4:06.6 (1 h2)3:55.0 (2)Silver
3Henry StallardGBR4:11.8 (1 h5)3:55.6 (3)Bronze
4Douglas LoweGBR4:07.2 (2 h2)3:57.0 (4)
5Ray BukerUSA4:12.8 (2 h5)3:58.6 (5)
6Lloyd HahnUSA4:06.8 (1 h6)3:59.0 (6)
7Ray WatsonUSA4:17.9 (2 h4)4:00.0 (7)
8Frej LiewendahlFIN4:07.4 (2 h6)4:00.3 (8)
9Arvo PeussaFIN4:17.4 (1 h4)4:00.6 (9)
10René WiriathFRA4:13.8 (1 h1)4:02.8 (10)
11Sonny SpencerGBR4:09.0 (2 h3)4:03.7 (11)
12Jaakko LuomaFIN4:14.8 (2 h1)4:03.9 (12)
3 h1 r1/2Ferdinand FriebeAUT4:15.8 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/2William SpencerUSA4:08.4 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Albert LarsenDEN4:11.5 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/2Disma FerrarioITA4:18.5 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/2Rolph BarnesCAN4:13.1 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/2Cyril EllisGBR4:08.1 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/2Mohamed El-SayedEGY– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Léon FourneauBEL– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2René JubeauFRA4:14.5 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/2Jan ZeegersNED4:21.0 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/2Louis PhilippsFRA4:13.4 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/2Robert ChottinFRA4:14.8 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/2István GrószHUN– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Pala SinghIND– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Aleksander AntsonEST– (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/2Jack NewmanAUS– (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/2Angelo DavoliITAat 5 metres (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/2Malcolm BoydAUS– (5 h6)
6 h3 r1/2Ferruccio BruniITA– (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/2Joseph Van Der WeeBEL– (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/2Lyuben KarastoyanovBUL– (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/2Vilém ŠindlerTCH4:23.6 (6 h6)
7 h3 r1/2Daniel EslavaMEX– (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/2Stefan KostrzewskiPOL4:29.0 (7 h4)
7 h6 r1/2Ömer Besim KoşalayTUR– (7 h6)
8 h3 r1/2Józef JaworskiPOL4:28.4 (8 h3)
AC h2 r1/2Charles DavisRSA– (AC h2)
AC h6 r1/2Giovanni GaraventaITA– (AC h6)
DNSPaul GasserAUT
DNSV. N. VenkataramanaswamyIND
DNSRudolf HeideggerAUT
DNSAlphonse Van AchtenBEL
DNSLajos BejczyHUN
DNSJános BenedekHUN
DNSAlfredo GomesBRA
DNSManuel PlazaCHI
DNSJoaquín MiquelESP
DNSMiguel PalauESP
DNSJohannes VillemsonEST
DNSÉdouard ArmandHAI
DNSKatsuo OkazakiJPN
DNSGuillermo AmparanMEX
DNSPedro CurielMEX
DNSJuan EscutiaMEX
DNSStefan OłdakPOL
DNSEdvin WideSWE
DNSKarel NedobitýTCH
DNSVáclav VohralíkTCH
DNSEduard RiedlTCH

Round One (9 July 1924 — 16:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1René WiriathFRA4:13.8Q
2Jaakko LuomaFIN4:14.8Q
3Ferdinand FriebeAUT4:15.8
4Mohamed El-SayedEGY
5István GrószHUN

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Willy SchärerSUI4:06.6Q
2Douglas LoweGBR4:07.2Q
3William SpencerUSA4:08.4
4Léon FourneauBEL
5Pala SinghIND
ACCharles DavisRSADNF

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Paavo NurmiFIN4:07.6Q
2Sonny SpencerGBR4:09.0Q
3Albert LarsenDEN4:11.5
4René JubeauFRA4:14.5
5Aleksander AntsonEST
6Ferruccio BruniITA
7Daniel EslavaMEX
8Józef JaworskiPOL4:28.4

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Arvo PeussaFIN4:17.4Q
2Ray WatsonUSA4:17.9Q
3Disma FerrarioITA4:18.5
4Jan ZeegersNED4:21.0
5Jack NewmanAUS
6Joseph Van Der WeeBEL
7Stefan KostrzewskiPOL4:29.0

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Henry StallardGBR4:11.8Q
2Ray BukerUSA4:12.8Q
3Rolph BarnesCAN4:13.1
4Louis PhilippsFRA4:13.4
5Angelo DavoliITAat 5 metres
6Lyuben KarastoyanovBUL

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Lloyd HahnUSA4:06.8Q
2Frej LiewendahlFIN4:07.4Q
3Cyril EllisGBR4:08.1
4Robert ChottinFRA4:14.8
5Malcolm BoydAUS
6Vilém ŠindlerTCH4:23.6
7Ömer Besim KoşalayTUR
ACGiovanni GaraventaITADNF

Final (10 July 1924 — 14:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Paavo NurmiFIN3:53.6OR
2Willy SchärerSUI3:55.0
3Henry StallardGBR3:55.6
4Douglas LoweGBR3:57.0
5Ray BukerUSA3:58.6
6Lloyd HahnUSA3:59.0
7Ray WatsonUSA4:00.0
8Frej LiewendahlFIN4:00.3
9Arvo PeussaFIN4:00.6
10René WiriathFRA4:02.8
11Sonny SpencerGBR4:03.7
12Jaakko LuomaFIN4:03.9

Splits

400 m58Paavo Nurmi
500 m1:13.2Paavo Nurmi
800 m1:58.5Paavo Nurmi
1000 m2:32Paavo Nurmi