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Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics

These are the results of athletics competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics. 30 events were contested, all for men only.

The athletics programme grew by 4 events since the 1908 Summer Olympics. The 5000 and 10000 metre races were introduced, as the 5 mile event was eliminated. The 400 metre hurdle event made a brief disappearance, making the 1912 Olympics the only time that event was not held since its introduction in 1900. The 4x100 and 4x400 relays replaced the medley relay while the team race was shortened from 3 miles to 3000 metres. The decathlon, which had been held in 1904 but not in 1908, returned to the programme. Steeplechasing was eliminated, while racewalking was cut from 2 events to 1 with the 10 kilometre replacing the 10 mile and the 3500 metre eliminated. The pentathlon was introduced (as well as the separate sport modern pentathlon). The 1908 experiments of the Greek-style discus and the restricted javelin were replaced with two-handed throwing, for the shot put, discus, and javelin. Cross-country events, both for the individual and the team, were introduced. The competitions were held from Saturday, July 6, 1912 to Monday, July 15, 1912.

Medal summaryEdit

 
110 metre hurdles final.
 
1500 metre final.
 
3000 metre team race final.
 
400 metre final.
 
4x100 metre final.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Ralph Craig
  United States
Alvah Meyer
  United States
Donald Lippincott
  United States
200 metres
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Ralph Craig
  United States
Donald Lippincott
  United States
Willie Applegarth
  Great Britain
400 metres
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Charles Reidpath
  United States
Hanns Braun
  Germany
Edward Lindberg
  United States
800 metres
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Ted Meredith
  United States
Mel Sheppard
  United States
Ira Davenport
  United States
1500 metres
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Arnold Jackson
  Great Britain
Abel Kiviat
  United States
Norman Taber
  United States
5000 metres
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Hannes Kolehmainen
  Finland
Jean Bouin
  France
George Hutson
  Great Britain
10,000 metres
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Hannes Kolehmainen
  Finland
Lewis Tewanima
  United States
Albin Stenroos
  Finland
110 metres hurdles
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Fred Kelly
  United States
James Wendell
  United States
Martin Hawkins
  United States
4 × 100 m relay
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  Great Britain (GBR)
Willie Applegarth
Victor d'Arcy
David Jacobs
Henry Macintosh
  Sweden (SWE)
Knut Lindberg
Charles Luther
Ivan Möller
Ture Person
none awarded
4 x 400 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Edward Lindberg
Ted Meredith
Charles Reidpath
Mel Sheppard
  France (FRA)
Pierre Failliot
Charles Lelong
Charles Poulenard
Robert Schurrer
  Great Britain (GBR)
Ernest Henley
George Nicol
Cyril Seedhouse
James Soutter
3000 metres team race
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  United States (USA)
Tell Berna
George Bonhag
Abel Kiviat
Louis Scott
Norman Taber
  Sweden (SWE)
Bror Fock
Nils Frykberg
Thorild Olsson
Ernst Wide
John Zander
  Great Britain (GBR)
Joe Cottrill
George Hutson
William Moore
Edward Owen
Cyril Porter
Marathon
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Ken McArthur
  South Africa
Christian Gitsham
  South Africa
Gaston Strobino
  United States
10 kilometres walk
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George Goulding
  Canada
Ernest Webb
  Great Britain
Fernando Altimani
  Italy
Individual cross country
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Hannes Kolehmainen
  Finland
Hjalmar Andersson
  Sweden
John Eke
  Sweden
Team cross country
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  Sweden (SWE)
Hjalmar Andersson
John Eke
Josef Ternström
  Finland (FIN)
Jalmari Eskola
Hannes Kolehmainen
Albin Stenroos
  Great Britain (GBR)
Ernest Glover
Frederick Hibbins
Thomas Humphreys
Long jump
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Albert Gutterson
  United States
Calvin Bricker
  Canada
Georg Åberg
  Sweden
Triple jump
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Gustaf Lindblom
  Sweden
Georg Åberg
  Sweden
Erik Almlöf
  Sweden
High jump
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Alma Richards
  United States
Hans Liesche
  Germany
George Horine
  United States
Pole vault
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Harry Babcock
  United States
Frank Nelson
  United States
Marc Wright
  United States
William Halpenny
  Canada
Frank Murphy
  United States
Bertil Uggla
  Sweden
Standing long jump
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Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
  Greece
Platt Adams
  United States
Benjamin Adams
  United States
Standing high jump
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Platt Adams
  United States
Benjamin Adams
  United States
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
  Greece
Shot put
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Pat McDonald
  United States
Ralph Rose
  United States
Lawrence Whitney
  United States
Discus throw
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Armas Taipale
  Finland
Richard Byrd
  United States
James Duncan
  United States
Hammer throw
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Matt McGrath
  United States
Duncan Gillis
  Canada
Clarence Childs
  United States
Javelin throw
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Eric Lemming
  Sweden
Julius Saaristo
  Finland
Mór Kóczán
  Hungary
Two handed shot put
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Ralph Rose
  United States
Pat McDonald
  United States
Elmer Niklander
  Finland
Two handed discus throw
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Armas Taipale
  Finland
Elmer Niklander
  Finland
Emil Magnusson
  Sweden
Two handed javelin throw
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Julius Saaristo
  Finland
Väinö Siikaniemi
  Finland
Urho Peltonen
  Finland
Pentathlon
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Ferdinand Bie
  Norway
James Donahue
  United States
Frank Lukeman
  Canada
Jim Thorpe
  United States
Decathlon
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Hugo Wieslander
  Sweden
Charles Lomberg
  Sweden
Gösta Holmér
  Sweden
Jim Thorpe
  United States

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)16141242
2  Finland (FIN)64313
3  Sweden (SWE)45615
4  Great Britain (GBR)2158
5  Canada (CAN)1225
6  South Africa (RSA)1102
7  Greece (GRE)1012
8  Norway (NOR)1001
9  France (FRA)0202
  Germany (GER)0202
11  Hungary (HUN)0011
  Italy (ITA)0011
Totals (12 nations)32313194

Participating nationsEdit

556 athletes from 27 nations competed. Egypt was the only nation not to compete in athletics.

ReferencesEdit