| 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
7372Bouguera 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
2677Gaston LeClercqBEL3-27:54.0
27454Jack McKennaGBR3-30:40.0
28547Antal LovasHUN3-35:34.0
29561Mahadeo SinghIND3-37:36.0
30187Elmar ReimannEST3-40:52.0
DNF490Vyron AthanasiadisGRE
DNF450Ernest LeatherlandGBR
DNF82Gerard SteursBEL
DNF509Cornelis BrouwerNED
DNF544Pál KirályHUN
DNF302Hannes KolehmainenFIN
DNF456Duncan WrightGBR
DNF459Bobby MillsGBR
DNF522Teun SprongNED
DNF299Vilho HietakariFIN
DNF842Emil KalousTCH
DNF637Yahei MiuraJPN
DNFIraklis SakellaropoulosGRE
DNF415Gabriel VergerFRA
DNF582Ettore BlasiITA
DNF591Alberto CavalleroITA
DNF767Josef EberleTCH
DNF494Alexandros KranisGRE
DNF312Ville KyrönenFIN
DNF84Félicien Van De PutteBEL
DNF636Shizo KanakuriJPN
DNF330Gabriel RuotsalainenFIN
DNF149Belisario VillacísECU
DNF284Ralph WilliamsUSA
DNF775Boris HonzátkoTCH
DNF614Angelo MalviciniITA
DNF642Kikunosuke TashiroJPN
DNF575Emilio AlciatiITA
DNS36Josef FranzAUT
DNS60Rudolf UrlAUT
DNSJoseph StandaertBEL
DNS131Helge BreckwoldtDEN
DNS527József BeseHUN
DNS545János HrenvoyszkyHUN
DNS542Bela KadarHUN
DNS687Trygve TangenNOR
DNS803Miloš ZapletalTCH
DNS47Rudolf KühnelAUT
DNS142Sofus RoseDEN
DNS152José AndíaESP
DNS804František ZykaTCH