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1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands - Men's 5000 m

 

 

Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1928  
Date Finished: August 3, 1928  
(Competitors: 36; Countries: 17; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Overview by IAAF    Olympic_Stadium_Amsterdam_1928.jpg
First place times in the three heats ranged from 15:02.6 to 15:07.4, Lermond being the fastest winner. Four Finns qualified for the final, but Eino Purje, bronze medallist in the 1500m the day before, was never a factor due to a knee injury. Nurmi led through two laps in 2:20.0, and 1500m in 4:17.0. After reaching 2000m in 5:46.5, Nurmi was passed by Ritola. Reportedly, Nurmi was suffering hip pains after falling in the water jump during the steeplechase heats two days earlier. In touch with the two Finns at 3000m, reached in 8:43.0, were Macauley Smith (USA), Wide and Lermond, with Kinnunen and Magnusson beginning to struggle to keep pace. Smith dropped back shortly after, eventually finishing 10th, while Ritola and Nurmi pulled away from Wide with 600m to go. Ritola ran away from Nurmi on the last bend and won by 15m, with Nurmi powerless to counteract his great rival’s finish. The unusually fatigued Nurmi looked round half a dozen times in the finishing straight to ensure that he could stay ahead of Wide.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorites were the three medalists from 1924 – Paavo Nurmi and Ville Ritola (FIN), and Edvin Wide (SWE), with Nurmi a slight favorite over Ritola. In the final, the three of them broke away from the field by 3,000 metres. Ritola and Nurmi dropped Wide with 600 metres remaining, and ran together on the final lap, until the last curve when Ritola pulled away and won by 15 metres, Nurmi slowing in the straight.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 14:28.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1924
Olympic Record 14:31.2 Finland Paavo Nurmi Paris (FRA) July 10, 1924
 
        Results          
 
5000 m Men     Final 3 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14.38.0     Ville Ritola Finland FIN 32    
2 14.40.0     Paavo Nurmi Finland FIN 30    
3 14.41.2     Edvin Wide Sweden SWE 32    
4 14.50.0     Leo Lermond United States USA 22    
5 14.59.6     Ragnar Magnusson Sweden SWE 26    
6 15.02.0     Armas Kinnunen Finland FIN 28    
7       Staņislavs Petkevičs Latvia LAT 19    
8       Bert Johnston Great Britain GBR 26    
9       Brian Oddie Great Britain GBR 23    
10       Macauley Smith United States USA 23    
AC DNF     Nils Eklöf Sweden SWE 23    
AC DNF     Eino Purje Finland FIN 28    
5000 m Men     Round One Heat One 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.02.6   Q Leo Lermond United States USA 22    
2 15.03.0   Q Staņislavs Petkevičs Latvia LAT 19    
3 15.03.6   Q Eino Purje Finland FIN 28    
4 15.03.8   Q Ragnar Magnusson Sweden SWE 26    
5       Wally Beavers Great Britain GBR 24    
6 15.13.0     Carl Axel Holger Petersen Denmark DEN 26    
7       Frederick Light Great Britain GBR      
8       Lucien Duquesne France FRA 27    
9       Seghir Beddari France FRA 26    
AC DNF     Ciro Chapa Mexico MEX      
AC DNF     Charles Haworth United States USA 21    
AC DNF     Karel Nedobitý Czechoslovakia TCH 22    
AC DNF     Billy Kibblewhite Canada CAN      
AC DNF     Nol Wolf Netherlands NED 24    
AC DNF     Julien Serwy Belgium BEL      
5000 m Men     Round One Heat Two 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.07.4   Q Nils Eklöf Sweden SWE 23    
2 15.10.8   Q Ville Ritola Finland FIN 32    
3 15.10.8   Q Armas Kinnunen Finland FIN 28    
4 15.16.0   Q Brian Oddie Great Britain GBR 23    
5 15.22.0     Jesús Oyarbide Spain ESP 26    
6       Roger Pelé France FRA 26    
7 15.33.0     Willi Boltze Germany GER 23    
8 15.42.0     Jozef Koščak Czechoslovakia TCH 24    
9       Andreas Paouris Greece GRE 25    
10       Julius Petraitis Lithuania LTU      
11       Dave Abbott United States USA 26    
AC DNF     Art Keay Canada CAN 21    
AC DNF     George Hyde Australia AUS 23    
AC DNF     Pieter Gerbrands Netherlands NED 19    
5000 m Men     Round One Heat Three 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.04.0   Q Macauley Smith United States USA 23    
2 15.05.0   Q Edvin Wide Sweden SWE 32    
3 15.06.3   Q Bert Johnston Great Britain GBR 26    
4 15.08.0   Q Paavo Nurmi Finland FIN 30    
5       Otto Kohn Germany GER 20    
6       Arie Klaase Netherlands NED 24    
7 15.45.0     Arturo Peña Spain ESP 24    
8       Vincent Callard Canada CAN 32    
AC DNF     Gurbachan Singh India IND      
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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