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1920 Olympic Games Antwerpen, Belgium - Men's 10000 m

 

 

Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium Format: Top five in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 19, 1920  
Date Finished: August 20, 1920  
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 17; Finalists: 15)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Overview by IAAF    Olympisch-Stadion-Antwerp.png
The winners of the three heats were Wilson (33:40.2 some 60m ahead of Nurmi), Guillemot (32:41.6) and Liimatainen (32:08.2). Nurmi, then Wilson and Guillemot, were the early leaders in the final. The Frenchman had expected to run the final later than the actual scheduled time and was still digesting his lunch. Nurmi fell 20m behind the two leaders. As the pace slowed, first Nurmi, then Maccario rejoined the Men's 5000 Metres, continued leaders and these four stayed together until 8000m when Guillemot forced the pace and the Italian dropped back. Nurmi took over just before the bell, and he and Guillemot dropped Wilson. The Frenchman passed Nurmi on the backstretch but Nurmi attacked at the beginning of the home straight and won convincingly, with Guillemot spectacularly losing his lunch just after crossing the finish. Four of the 15 finalists failed to finish, including 5000m bronze medallist Eric Backman.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The world record for the 10,000 was 30:58.8, set by Jean Bouin in winning at Colombes in November 1911. But Bouin was not at Antwerp, having succumbed to the horrors of World War I in September 1914. In the 10K, Paavo Nurmi and Joseph Guillemot resumed the battle they had waged in the 5,000 only three days earlier. These two, and James Wilson of Great Britain, held the pace for most of the race. The pack briefly caught the three leaders, until Guillemot picked up the pace with five laps remaining. Nurmi took the lead at the bell and led the entire final lap to win.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 30:58.8 France Jean Bouin Colombes (FRA) November 16, 1911
Olympic Record 31:20.8 Grand Duchy of Finland Hannes Kolehmainen Stockholm (SWE) July 8, 1912
 
        Results        
 
10000 m Men     Final 20 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 31.45.8     Paavo Nurmi Finland FIN 22  
2 31.51.0     Joseph Guillemot France FRA 20 31.51est
3 31.56.0     James Wilson Great Britain GBR 28 31.56est
4 32.02.0     Augusto Maccario Italy ITA 29  
5 32.14.0     James Hatton Great Britain GBR    
6 32.26.0     Jean-Baptiste Manhès France FRA 23  
7 32.28.0     Heikki Liimatainen Finland FIN 26  
8 32.38.0     Fred Faller United States USA 24  
9 33.05.0     Oscar Garin Switzerland SUI 19 33.05est
AC DNF     Alfred Gaschen Switzerland SUI   DNF [2.7 km.]
AC DNF     Charles Clibbon Great Britain GBR 25 DNF [5 km.]
AC DNF     Carlo Speroni Italy ITA 24 DNF [5 km.]
AC DNF     Eric Backman Sweden SWE 23 DNF [lap 21]
AC DNF     Gaston Heuet France FRA 27 DNF [lap 21]
AC DNF     Albert Andersen Denmark DEN 29  
10000 m Men     Round One Heat One 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 33.40.2   Q James Wilson Great Britain GBR 28  
2 33.46.3   Q Paavo Nurmi Finland FIN 22 33.46.3est / 30 m. bh1
3 34.06.8   Q Augusto Maccario Italy ITA 29 34.06.8est / 100 m. bh2
4 34.12.0   Q Jean-Baptiste Manhès France FRA 23 34.12.0est / 25 m. bh3
5 34.38.4   Q Alfred Gaschen Switzerland SUI   34.38.4est / 125 m. bh4
6 34.49.2     Verner Magnusson Sweden SWE 29 34.49.2est / 50 m. bh5
7 35.06.6     Lucien Duquesne France FRA 19 35.06.6est / 80 m. bh6
8 36.38.3     Pierre Devaux Belgium BEL 22 36.38.3est / 400 m. bh7
AC DNF     Jüri Lossman Estonia EST 29 DNF [3 km.]
AC DNF     Phadeppa Chaugule India IND   DNF [3 km.]
AC DNF     Julius Ebert Denmark DEN 21 DNF [6 km.]
AC DNF     Amisoli Patasoni United States USA 19 DNF [6 km.]
10000 m Men     Round One Heat Two 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 32.41.6   Q Joseph Guillemot France FRA 20  
2 32.48.5   Q Eric Backman Sweden SWE 23 32.48.5est / 35 m. bh1
3 32.58.4   Q Albert Andersen Denmark DEN 29 32.58.4est / 50 m. bh2
4 33.02.4   Q Fred Faller United States USA 24 33.02.4est / 20 m. bh3
5 33.04.4   Q Oscar Garin Switzerland SUI 19 33.04.4est / 10 m. bh4
6 33.08.5     Edward Lawrence Canada CAN   33.08.5est / 20 m. bh5
7       Diodoro Pons Spain ESP    
8       Konosuke Sano Japan JPN 25  
9       Aimé Proot Belgium BEL    
10       Sinton Hewitt Australia AUS    
10000 m Men     Round One Heat Three 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 32.08.2   Q Heikki Liimatainen Finland FIN 26  
2 32.08.8   Q Charles Clibbon Great Britain GBR 25 32.08.8est / 3 m. bh1
3 32.11.1   Q Gaston Heuet France FRA 27 32.11.1est / 12 m. bh2
4 32.13.1   Q Carlo Speroni Italy ITA 24 32.13.1est / 10 m. bh3
5 32.13.3   Q James Hatton Great Britain GBR   32.13.3est / 1 m. bh4
6 32.23.0     Nils Bergström Sweden SWE 21 32.23.0est / 50 m. bh5
7 33.38.0     Alexandros Kranis Greece GRE   33.38.0est / one lap bh6
8       Earl Johnson United States USA 29  
9       George Cornetta United States USA 26  
10       Constantino Lussana Italy ITA 28  
11       Karel Pacák Czechoslovakia TCH 24  
12       Zensaku Motegi Japan JPN 27  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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