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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date7 – 9 July 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationStade Olympique de Colombes, Colombes
Participants20 from 9 countries

Ville Ritola was the favorite and took the lead from the start. A top distance runner who was overshadowed by his countryman, Paavo Nurmi, Ritola did not have good technique but used his running strength to easily win the race. No world record existed as the IAAF would not establish one until 1954, but the bronze medalist, Paul Bontemps, had the best mark on record, having run 9:33.4 a few weeks before in Paris. Ritola narrowly missed that mark. The sixth-place finisher, Evelyn Aubrey Montague, was featured in the movie Chariots of Fire as the close friend of Harold Abrahams in college. Montague is shown in the movie running in this race. He is also called Aubrey in the movie while he went by Evelyn.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1Ville RitolaFIN9:59.0 (1 h3)9:33.6 (1)GoldOR
2Elias KatzFIN9:43.8 (1 h1)9:44.0 (2)Silver
3Paul BontempsFRA9:47.2 (2 h1)9:45.2 (3)Bronze
4Marvin RickUSA10:11.0 (2 h3)9:56.4 (4)
5Kalle EbbFIN– (3 h2)9:57.5 (5)
6Evelyn MontagueGBR9:48.0 (3 h1)9:58.0 (6)
7Mike DevaneyUSA– (2 h2)10:01.0 (7)
8Amédée IsolaFRA9:57.8 (1 h2)10:14.8 (8)
9Sidney NeweyGBR– (3 h3)– (AC)
4 h1 r1/2Nestori JärveläFIN– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Ernesto AmbrosiniITA– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2Maurice de ConinckFRA10:19.0 (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2Russell PayneUSA– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2David CummingsGBR– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Stanisław ZifferPOL10:38.4 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2Georges LeclercFRA10:20.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2Len RichardsonRSA– (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/2Antenore NegriITA– (7 h1)
AC h2 r1/2Jim KellyIRL– (AC h2)
ACJan ZeegersNED– (AC h2)DNF1
DNSJosef HejretTCH
DNSJosé Francisco CuevasMEX
DNSBasil IrwinUSA
DNSAlfredo GomesBRA
DNSAleksander AntsonEST
DNSJ. J. RyanIRL
DNSPedro CurielMEX
DNSJuan EscutiaMEX
DNSDaniel EslavaMEX
DNSCharles DavisRSA
DNSEdvin WideSWE

Round One (7 July 1924 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Elias KatzFIN9:43.8QOR
2Paul BontempsFRA9:47.2Q
3Evelyn MontagueGBR9:48.0Q
4Nestori JärveläFIN
5Russell PayneUSA
6Georges LeclercFRA10:20.0
7Antenore NegriITA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Amédée IsolaFRA9:57.8Q
2Mike DevaneyUSAQ
3Kalle EbbFINQ
4Ernesto AmbrosiniITA
5David CummingsGBR
6Len RichardsonRSA
ACJim KellyIRLDNF
ACJan ZeegersNEDDNF2

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Ville RitolaFIN9:59.0Q
2Marvin RickUSA10:11.0Q
3Sidney NeweyGBRQ
4Maurice de ConinckFRA10:19.0
5Stanisław ZifferPOL10:38.4

Final (9 July 1924 — 16:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1Ville RitolaFIN9:33.6OR
2Elias KatzFIN9:44.0
3Paul BontempsFRA9:45.2
4Marvin RickUSA9:56.4
5Kalle EbbFIN9:57.5
6Evelyn MontagueGBR9:58.0
7Mike DevaneyUSA10:01.0
8Amédée IsolaFRA10:14.8
ACSidney NeweyGBRDNF