| Event type

Marathon, Men

Date13 July 1924 — 17:00
LocationStade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants58 from 20 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Olympic Record 2-32:35.8 WR / Hannes Kolehmainen FIN / 22 August 1920

For the first time since 1908, the Olympic marathon was held over the 42.195 km. distance which would become the marathon standard. The course began and ended in the Colombes Stadium and run over an out-and-back course into the French country to the northwest of Paris. The defending champion, Hannes Kolehmainen, competed in 1924, although he had not run any of the Finnish trial races. The Finnish Olympic trial was won by Willie Kyrönen with Albin Stenroos second. Also highly considered was the British runner, Duncan Wright. The top American runner was probably Clarence DeMar who had run in the 1912 Olympic marathon, and would eventually win seven Boston marathons.

The race started at 5:23 PM, delayed for two hours because the officials were concerned about the heat that had so affected the cross-country race the previous day. The early lead was taken by Greece’s Alexandros Kranis, but France’s Georges Verger took over the lead at about 20 km. But just before the turnaround, Stenroos took the lead from Verger and powered ahead to an easy victory, winning by almost six minutes. By 27 km. a small pack of DeMar, Finland’s Lauri Halonen, and Italy’s Romeo Bertini had settled into the race for the other medals. Bertini won the silver medal, a minute of DeMar who took the bronze.

1Albin StenroosFIN2-41:22.6Gold
2Romeo BertiniITA2-47:19.6Silver
3Clarence DeMarUSA2-48:14.0Bronze
4Lauri HalonenFIN2-49:47.4
5Sam FerrisGBR2-52:26.0
6Manuel PlazaCHI2-52:54.0
7Boughera El OuafiFRA2-54:19.6
8Gustav KinnSWE2-54:33.4
9Dionisio CarrerasESP2-57:18.4
10Jüri LossmanEST2-57:54.6
11Axel JensenDEN2-58:44.8
12Jean-Baptiste ManhèsFRA3-00:34.0
13Jack CuthbertCAN3-00:44.6
14Victor MacAuleyCAN3-02:05.4
15Marcel AlavoineBEL3-03:20.0
16Frank WendlingUSA3-05:09.8
17Arthur FarrimondGBR3-05:15.0
18Frank ZunaUSA3-05:52.2
19Harry PhillipsRSA3-07:13.0
20Auguste BroosBEL3-14:03.0
21Waldemar KarlssonSWE3-14:21.4
22Tullio BiscuolaITA3-19:05.0
23Billy ChurchillUSA3-19:18.0
24Mohammed GhermatiFRA3-20:27.0
25Chuck MellorUSA3-24:07.0
26Pierre-Georges LeClercqBEL3-27:54.0
27Jack McKennaGBR3-30:40.0
28Antal LovasHUN3-35:34.0
29Mahadeo SinghIND3-37:36.0
30Elmar ReimannEST3-40:52.0
ACVyron AthanasiadisGREDNF
ACErnest LeatherlandGBRDNF
ACGerard SteursBELDNF
ACCornelis BrouwerNEDDNF
ACHannes KolehmainenFINDNF
ACDuncan WrightGBRDNF
ACVilho HietakariFINDNF
ACIraklis SakellaropoulosGREDNF
ACGeorges VergerFRADNF
ACEttore BlasiITADNF
ACAlberto CavalleroITADNF
ACJosef EberleTCHDNF
ACAlexandros KranisGREDNF
ACVille KyrönenFINDNF
ACFélicien Van De PutteBELDNF
ACShizo KanakuriJPNDNF
ACGabriel RuotsalainenFINDNF
ACBelisario VillacísECUDNF
ACRalph WilliamsUSADNF
ACBoris HonzátkoTCHDNF
ACAngelo MalviciniITADNF
ACKikunosuke TashiroJPNDNF
ACErnesto AlciatiITADNF
DNSJosef FranzAUT
DNSJ. Polspoel dit StandaertBEL
DNSHelge BreckwoldtDEN
DNSJózsef BeseHUN
DNSJános HrenvoyszkyHUN
DNSTrygve TangenNOR
DNSB. ZapletalTCH
DNSRudolf KühnelAUT
DNSSofus RoseDEN
DNSJosé AndíaESP
DNSFrantišek ZykaTCH