| Event type

Marathon, Men1

Date13 July 1924 — 17:23
LocationStade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants58 from 20 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

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.

1334Albin StenroosFIN2-41:22.6Gold
2579Romeo BertiniITA2-47:19.6Silver
3210Clarence DeMarUSA2-48:14.0Bronze
4296Lauri HalonenFIN2-49:47.4
5439Sam FerrisGBR2-52:26.0
6129Manuel PlazaCHI2-52:54.0
7372Boughera El OuafiFRA2-54:19.6
8724Gustav KinnSWE2-54:33.4
9158Dionisio CarrerasESP2-57:18.4
10185Jüri LossmanEST2-57:54.6
11135Axel JensenDEN2-58:44.8
12394Jean-Baptiste ManhèsFRA3-00:34.0
13107Jack CuthbertCAN3-00:44.6
14105Victor MacAuleyCAN3-02:05.4
1566Marcel AlavoineBEL3-03:20.0
16282Frank WendlingUSA3-05:09.8
17438Arthur FarrimondGBR3-05:15.0
18287Frank ZunaUSA3-05:52.2
198Harry PhillipsRSA3-07:13.0
2068Auguste BroosBEL3-14:03.0
21714Waldemar KarlssonSWE3-14:21.4
22581Tullio BiscuolaITA3-19:05.0
23203Billy ChurchillUSA3-19:18.0
24378Mohammed GhermatiFRA3-20:27.0
25253Chuck MellorUSA3-24:07.0
2677Pierre-Georges LeClercqBEL3-27:54.0
27454Jack McKennaGBR3-30:40.0
28547Antal LovasHUN3-35:34.0
29561Mahadeo SinghIND3-37:36.0
30187Elmar ReimannEST3-40:52.0
AC490Vyron AthanasiadisGREDNF
AC450Ernest LeatherlandGBRDNF
AC82Gerard SteursBELDNF
AC509Cornelis BrouwerNEDDNF
AC544Pál KirályHUNDNF
AC302Hannes KolehmainenFINDNF
AC456Duncan WrightGBRDNF
AC459Bobby MillsGBRDNF
AC522Teun SprongNEDDNF
AC299Vilho HietakariFINDNF
AC842Emil KalousTCHDNF
AC637Yahei MiuraJPNDNF
ACIraklis SakellaropoulosGREDNF
AC415Gabriel VergerFRADNF
AC582Ettore BlasiITADNF
AC591Alberto CavalleroITADNF
AC767Josef EberleTCHDNF
AC494Alexandros KranisGREDNF
AC312Ville KyrönenFINDNF
AC84Félicien Van De PutteBELDNF
AC636Shizo KanakuriJPNDNF
AC330Gabriel RuotsalainenFINDNF
AC149Belisario VillacísECUDNF
AC284Ralph WilliamsUSADNF
AC775Boris HonzátkoTCHDNF
AC614Angelo MalviciniITADNF
AC642Kikunosuke TashiroJPNDNF
AC575Ernesto AlciatiITADNF
DNS36Josef FranzAUT
DNS60Rudolf UrlAUT
DNSJ. Polspoel dit StandaertBEL
DNS131Helge BreckwoldtDEN
DNS527József BeseHUN
DNS545János HrenvoyszkyHUN
DNS542A. KadarHUN
DNS687Trygve TangenNOR
DNS803B. ZapletalTCH
DNS47Rudolf KühnelAUT
DNS142Sofus RoseDEN
DNS152José AndíaESP
DNS804František ZykaTCH