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1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden - Men's 3000 m Team

 

 

Host City: Stockholm, Sweden Format: Five man ran for each team with three to count. Point-for-place scoring.
Date Started: July 12, 1912 Format: Winning team in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Finished: July 13, 1912  
(Competitors: 24; Countries: 5; Finalists: 15/3)  
    Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Overview by IAAF    1912_olympic_stadium2.jpg
There were three heats, with the winners qualifying for the final. The USA scored a win over Finland in the first heat, nine points to 12 for the Finns, though Hannes Kolehmainen set a world record of 8:36.9 (ratified erroneously as 8:36.8) ahead of Abel Kiviat 8:46.3. Four more Americans followed before the next Finn, Albin Stenroos (8:54.1). The second heat was won by Sweden, with its three scoring athletes, plus the other two representatives all running 9:14.7 behind Germany’s Erwin von Sigel (9:06.8). The British team got a walkover in the last heat when the French and Italian teams did not participate. The final was a close run thing, with Berna winning the individual race by inches from Olsson, and better “packing” giving the USA a four-point win over the host nation.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
A team race had been contested at the 1900 Olympics over 5,000 metres. A 3,000 metre team race was held at the Olympics in 1912, 1920, and 1924. In 1912, the event was decided by teams of five runners each, with the places of the best three runners constituting the team score.
In a major upset in heat one of the first round, the United States defeated Finland, which was led by the redoubtable Hannes Kolehmainen. In the final, the United States won the gold medal, with Sweden second and Britain third. Great Britain’s bronze medal was earned despite the fact that they did not defeat a single team in the event - in round one, they received a walkover, and in the final, they finished last.
 
 
        Results          
 
3000 m Team Men     Final 13 July        
 
The final: Immediately after the start

1912 Athletics men's 3000 metre team race final3.JPG
The finish of the final of the men's 3000 metre team race at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Tell Berna (USA), Thorild Olsson (SWE), Norman Taber (USA)
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 9     Tell Berna [1/8:44.6], Norman Taber [3/8:45.2], George Bonhag [5/8:46.6] United States USA     [1-3-5]
2 13     Thorild Olsson [2/8:44.6], Ernst Wide [4/8:46.2], Bror Fock [7/8:47.1] Sweden SWE     [2-4-7]
3 23     Joe Cottrill [6/8:46.8], George Hutson [8/8:47.2], Cyril Porter [9/8:48.0] Great Britain GBR     [6-8-9]

Individual race result:

PlaceAthleteTimeScore
1  Tell Berna (USA) 8:44.6 1
2  Thorild Olsson (SWE) 8:44.6 2
3  Norman Taber (USA) 8:45.2 3
4  Ernst Wide (SWE) 8:46.2 4
5  George Bonhag (USA) 8:46.6 5
6  Joe Cottrill (GBR) 8:46.8 6
7  Bror Fock (SWE) 8:47.2 7
8  George Hutson (GBR) 8:47.2 8
9  Cyril Porter (GBR) 8:48.0 9
10  John Zander (SWE) 8:48.9
11  Nils Frykberg (SWE) 8:49.0
12  Edward Owen (GBR)  
 Abel Kiviat (USA) DNF
 William Moore (GBR) DNF
 Louis Scott (USA) DNF
3000 m Team Men     Round One Heat One 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 9   Q   United States USA     [2-3-4]
2 12       Finland FIN     [1-5-6]

Individual race result:

PlaceAthleteTimeScore
1  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 8:36.9 1
2  Abel Kiviat (USA) 8:46.3 2
3  Tell Berna (USA) 8:50.2 3
4  Norman Taber (USA) 8:51.1 4
5  George Bonhag (USA) 8:52.2
6  Louis Scott (USA) 8:53.4
7  Albin Stenroos (FIN) 8:54.1 5
8  Viljam Johansson (FIN) 8:57.2 6
9  Aarne Lindholm (FIN) 9:46.4
10  Matti Harju (FIN) 10:10.6
3000 m Team Men     Round One Heat Two 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 9   Q   Sweden SWE     [2-3-4]
2 12       Germany GER     [1-5-6]

Individual race result:

All five Swedish runners finished side by side.

PlaceAthleteTimeScore
1  Erwin von Sigel (GER) 9:06.8 1
2  Bror Fock (SWE) 9:14.7 2
 Nils Frykberg (SWE) 9:14.7 3
 Ernst Wide (SWE) 9:14.7 4
 Thorild Olsson (SWE) 9:14.7
 John Zander (SWE) 9:14.7
7  Georg Amberger (GER) 9:32.5 5
8  Gregor Vietz (GER) 9:34.2 6
 Georg Mickler (GER) DNF
3000 m Team Men     Round One Heat Three 12 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1     Q   Great Britain GBR      

As there was no competition all five British runners ran and finished side by side.

PlaceAthleteTimeScore
1  Cyril Porter (GBR) 10:21.6 1
 Edward Owen (GBR) 10:21.6 2
 William Moore (GBR) 10:21.6 3
 George Hutson (GBR) 10:21.6
 Joe Cottrill (GBR) 10:21.6
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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