| Event type

10,000 metres, Men

Date29 July 1928
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants24 from 12 countries
FormatFinal only.

The three greatest distance runners of the 1920 were Paavo Nurmi, Ville Ritola, and Edvin Wide – in that order. In this race, they pulled into the lead early and had 100 metres on the field at the halfway point. Wide was dropped by the Finns at 8K. Ritola was the official leader at every kilometer checkpoint from 2K to 9K. On the final lap, Nurmi pulled ahead with less than 100 metres remaining and won by three metres. This was his ninth and final gold medal. This was the third Olympic distance running event in which Nurmi, Ritola, and Wide had been the medalists, including the 5K in 1924 and 1928.

1797Paavo NurmiFIN30:18.8GoldOR
2800Ville RitolaFIN30:19.4Silver
3866Edvin WideSWE31:00.8Bronze
4851Jean-Gunnar LindgrenSWE31:26.0
5473Arthur MuggridgeGBR31:31.8
6857Ragnar MagnussonSWE31:37.2
7790Toivo LoukolaFIN31:39.0
8778Kalle MatilainenFIN31:45.0
9439Wally BeaversGBR31:48.0
10487Suttie SmithGBR31:50.0
1187Robert MarchalFRA
12449George ConstableGBR
13377Arturo PeñaESP32:21.8
14556Joie RayUSA
15150Staņislavs PetkevičsLAT
1653Seghir BeddariFRA
17388Karel NedobitýTCH
18626Julien SerwyBEL
19254Juichi NagataniJPN
20285Danie JacobsRSA
DNF89Henri LauvauxFRA
DNF562Macauley SmithUSA
DNF560John RomigUSA
DNF205D. B. ChavanIND
DNS68Henri DartiguesFRA
DNS37Elek SzerbHUN
DNS389Josef NěmeckýTCH
DNS179Robert MasinoMON
DNS260Seiichiro TsudaJPN
DNS599George HydeAUS
DNS595José RibasARG
DNS127Athanassios BekiarisGRE
DNS861Erik StenfeldtSWE
DNS183Johan BadendyckNOR
DNS191Torvald MindeNOR
DNS701Carl Axel Holger PetersenDEN
DNS432António de AlmeidaPOR
DNS647Cliff BrickerCAN
DNS660Johnny MilesCAN
DNS666Billy ReynoldsCAN
DNS672Harold WebsterCAN
DNS814Felix BeldsinskyEST
DNS495Bill AgeeUSA


1000 m2:52Joie Ray
2000 m5:55Ville Ritola
3000 m8:55Ville Ritola
4000 m12:05Ville Ritola
5000 m15:07Ville Ritola
6000 m18:13.5Ville Ritola
7000 m21:17Ville Ritola
8000 m24:13.5Ville Ritola
9000 m27:22Ville Ritola