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10,000 metres, Men1

Date 6 July 1924 — 19:05
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants32 from 15 countries
FormatFinal only.

The greatest distance runner on the world was Finland’s Paavo Nurmi but Finnish officials asked him not to run this race as they felt he was entered in too many events. This left the event open for his teammate Ville Ritola who won in world record time of 30:23.2. The only runner who kept pace with Ritola at all was Sweden’s Edvin Wide but he was dropped at 4K. Wide would finish his Olympic career after 1928 with four bronze medals and one silver. Shortly after the 1924 Olympics, Nurmi showed what he was capable of, running 30:06.2 in Kuopio for a world record that would last 13 years.

One controversy concerning the 1924 10K relates to the number of runners on the race. The 1924 Official Report implies that there were 43 starters, but this number is felt to be wrong. Photographs of the race have been used in attempts to determine the number of runners, which is likely somewhere between 30 and 35. Two runners who may have competed were Eritreans Mareg Mangaschia and Tacle Redda who were entered for Italy. But Italian athletics historians are divided on whether or not they actually competed and the best evidence states that they did not. It is unlikely the exact start list will ever be known with precision.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Ville RitolaFIN30:23.2GoldWR
2Edvin WideSWE30:55.2Silver
3Eero BergFIN31:43.0Bronze
4Väinö SipiläFIN31:50.2
5Ernie HarperGBR31:58.0
6Halland BrittonGBR32:06.0
7Guillaume TellFRA32:12.0
8Earl JohnsonUSA32:17.0
9Robert MarchalFRA32:33.0
10Artūrs MotmillersLAT32:44.0
11Henri LauvauxFRA32:48.0
12Gaston HeuetFRA32:52.0
13Sven ThuressonSWE
14Charles ClibbonGBR
15John GrayUSA
16Sidon EbelingSWE
ACEddie WebsterGBRDNF
ACGösta BergströmSWEDNF
ACVerne BoothUSADNF
ACWayne JohnsonUSADNF
ACCamiel VandeveldeBELDNF
ACAnton TsvetanovBULDNF
ACVasil VenkovBULDNF
ACPál KirályHUNDNF
ACJ. J. RyanIRLDNF
ACPala SinghINDDNF
ACCarlo SperoniITADNF
ACVilis CimmermanisLATDNF
ACAlberto JarrínECUDNF
ACVyron AthanasiadisGREDNF
ACAlexandros KranisGREDNF
ACPedro CurielMEXDNF
DNSJ.P. ClarkeIRL
DNSJosé Francisco CuevasMEX
DNSIstván KultsárHUN
DNSMalcolm BoydAUS
DNSHans KantorAUT
DNSManuel PlazaCHI
DNSYahei MiuraJPN
DNSKatsuo OkazakiJPN
DNSKikunosuke TashiroJPN
DNSStefan SzelestowskiPOL
DNSLen RichardsonRSA

Splits

1000 m2:47.8Edvin Wide
2000 m5:45.2Edvin Wide
3000 m8:47.4Edvin Wide
4000 m11:52.6Ville Ritola
5000 m15:00.2Ville Ritola
6000 m18:05.6Ville Ritola
7000 m21:05.6Ville Ritola
8000 m24:14.2Ville Ritola
9000 m27:19.6Ville Ritola