| Event type

10,000 metres, Men

Date31 July 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants16 from 11 countries
FormatFinal only.

Paavo Nurmi, still considered by many athletics historians as the greatest distance runner ever, tried to enter the 1932 Olympics. He was planning on competing in the marathon, and possibly the 10K, but was declared a professional shortly before the Olympics and could not compete. That left the event wide open. In the race, Finns Volmari Iso-Hollo and Lauri “Lasse” Virtanen pulled away early with Poland’s Janusz Kusociński. By 8K, Virtanen was dropped. Kusociński won the gold medal when he kicked past Iso-Hollo on the final curve and was well ahead before slowing down in the stretch. Iso-Hollo would return six days later to win the steeplechase gold medal. The precise placements after 6th are disputed but the version we use is the most accepted. During World War II Kusociński worked for the Polish resistance. He was discovered by the Gestapo in March 1940 and was arrested and tortured, and eventually executed on 21 June 1940.

1364Janusz KusocińskiPOL30:11.4GoldOR
2117Volmari Iso-HolloFIN30:12.6Silver
3139Lasse VirtanenFIN30:35.0Bronze
4354Billy SavidanNZL31:09.0
5177Max SyringGER31:35.0
6382Jean-Gunnar LindgrenSWE31:37.0
7334Juan MoralesMEX32:03.0
863Cliff BrickerCAN
9286Masamichi KitamotoJPN
10303Shoichiro TakenakaJPN
1111José RibasARG
123Fernando ChacarelliARG
1333Adalberto CardosoBRA
DNF450Eino PenttiUSA
DNF449Tom OtteyUSA
DNF428Lou GregoryUSA
DNS41Aristides da HoraBRA
DNS55João Clemente da SilvaBRA
DNS162Paul de BruynGER
DNS330Valentín GonzálezMEX
DNS384Erik PetterssonSWE


1000 m2:53Volmari Iso-Hollo
2000 m5:48Janusz Kusociński
3000 m8:51Janusz Kusociński
4000 m11:55Janusz Kusociński
5000 m14:56.5Janusz Kusociński
6000 m18:01Volmari Iso-Hollo
7000 m21:06Volmari Iso-Hollo
8000 m24:08Volmari Iso-Hollo
9000 m27:20Janusz Kusociński