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Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

The men's 10,000 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the debut of the event, which along with the 5000 metres replaced the 5 mile race held at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Sunday, July 7, 1912 and on Monday, July 8, 1912. Thirty runners from 13 nations competed.[1]

Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Athletics men's 10000 metre final - Hannes Kolehmainen.JPG
Kolehmainen winning the final.
VenueStockholm Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 7 (semifinals)
July 8 (final)
Competitors30 from 13 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Hannes Kolehmainen  Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lewis Tewanima  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Albin Stenroos  Finland
1920 →


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 30:58.8   Jean Bouin Colombes (FRA) November 16, 1911
Olympic Record - none - -

Hannes Kolehmainen, in winning the first semifinal, set the Olympic record at 33:49.0. It lasted until the next race, in which the time was beat by Len Richardson. Kolehmainen took back the record with a time of 31:20.8 in the final.



All semi-finals were held on Sunday, July 7, 1912.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1   Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 33:49.0 OR QF
2   Joe Keeper (CAN) 33:58.8 QF
3   Gaston Heuet (FRA) 34:50.0 QF
4   John Eke (SWE) 34:55.8 QF
5   Ernest Glover (GBR) 35:12.2 QF
6   Albert Öberg (SWE) 35:45.0
  Harry Hellawell (USA) Did not finish
  William Kramer (USA) Did not finish
  George Lee (GBR) Did not finish
  Mikhail Nikolsky (RUS) Did not finish
  Vladimír Penc (BOH) Did not finish
  Charles Ruffell (GBR) Did not finish

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1   Len Richardson (RSA) 32:30.3 OR QF
2   Lewis Tewanima (USA) 32:31.4 QF
3   Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) 33:06.2 QF
4   Albin Stenroos (FIN) 33:28.4 QF
5   Alfonso Orlando (ITA) 33:44.6 QF
6   Alfonso Sánchez (CHI)
7   Brynolf Larsson (SWE)
  Bror Fock (SWE) Did not finish
  Frederick Hibbins (GBR) Did not finish
  Thomas Humphreys (GBR) Did not finish
  Gregor Vietz (GER) Did not finish

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1   Tatu Kolehmainen (FIN) 32:47.8 QF
2   William Scott (GBR) 32:55.2 QF
3   Louis Scott (USA) 34:14.2 QF
4   Martin Persson (SWE) 34:18.6 QF
5   Hugh Maguire (USA) 34:32.0 QF
  George Hill (ANZ) Did not finish
  George Wallach (GBR) Did not finish


The final was held on Monday, July 8, 1912.

Place Athlete Time
1   Hannes Kolehmainen  (FIN) 31:20.8 OR
2   Lewis Tewanima (USA) 32:06.6
3   Albin Stenroos (FIN) 32:21.8
4   Joe Keeper (CAN) 32:36.2
5   Alfonso Orlando (ITA) 33:31.2
  Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) Did not finish
  Tatu Kolehmainen (FIN) Did not finish
  Hugh Maguire (USA) Did not finish
  Len Richardson (RSA) Did not finish
  Louis Scott (USA) Did not finish
  William Scott (GBR) Did not finish
  John Eke (SWE) Did not start
  Ernest Glover (GBR) Did not start
  Gaston Heuet (FRA) Did not start
  Martin Persson (SWE) Did not start


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Retrieved 12 November 2017.


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