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Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's pentathlon

The men's pentathlon was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first time the event was held.[1]

Men's pentathlon
at the Games of the V Olympiad
VenueStockholm Olympic Stadium
DateJuly 7
Competitors26 from 11 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Jim Thorpe  United States
1st, gold medalist(s) Ferdinand Bie  Norway
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Donahue  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Frank Lukeman  Canada
1920 →


Thorpe's gold medal was stripped by the International Olympic Committee in 1913, after the IOC learned that Thorpe had taken expense money for playing baseball, violating Olympic amateurism rules, before the 1912 Games. This moved everyone else up in the rankings. In 1982, the IOC was convinced that the disqualification had been improper, as no protest against Thorpe's eligibility had been brought within the required 30 days and reinstated Thorpe's medals. This made Thorpe and Bie co-champions.

Long jumpEdit

Event 1
Place Athlete Distance Score
1   Jim Thorpe (USA) 7.07 1
2   Ferdinand Bie (NOR) 6.85 2
3   James Donahue (USA) 6.83 3
4   Avery Brundage (USA) 6.58 4
5   Oscar Lemming (SWE) 6.55 5
6   Charles Lomberg (SWE) 6.53 6
7   Otto Bäurle (GER) 6.52 7
8   Erik Kugelberg (SWE) 6.45 8
  Frank Lukeman (CAN) 6.45 8
10   Nils Fjästad (SWE) 6.43 10
11   James Menaul (USA) 6.40 11
12   Inge Lindholm (SWE) 6.32 12
13   Pierre Failliot (FRA) 6.29 13
14   Hugo Wieslander (SWE) 6.27 14
15   Einar Nilsson (SWE) 6.23 15
16   Julius Wagner (SUI) 6.22 16
17   Emil Kukko (FIN) 6.19 17
18   John Eller (USA) 6.17 18
19   Gustav Krojer (AUT) 6.10 19
20   Gösta Holmér (SWE) 6.02 20
21   Géo André (FRA) 5.98 21
22   Halt/Waitzer[2] (GER) 22
23   Alfredo Pagani (ITA) 5.86 23
24   Halt/Waitzer[2] (GER) 24
25   Mgirdiç Migiryan (TUR) 5.59 25
26   Hugo Ericson (SWE) 5.58 26

Javelin throwEdit

200 metresEdit

Halt and Waitzer both dropped out of the running, not finishing the 200 metres. After the event was over, only the top 12 athletes advanced to the fourth event, with everyone else eliminated. Scores were recalculated after the eliminations.

Discus throwEdit

Only the top 6 finishers after the discus throw advanced to the final event. Since there was a tie for 6th, both of the 6th-place finishers moved on, making 7 competitors in the 1500 metres. Scores were not recalculated after the second cut.

1500 metresEdit

The tie between Donahue and Lukeman was broken by calculating each athlete's score on the decathlon table, originally deciding between a bronze medal and fourth place. Donahue won, 3475.865 points to 3396.975 points, to take the bronze medal. Thorpe's disqualification in 1913 resulted in Bie being awarded the gold medal, while Donahue and Lukeman moved up to silver and bronze, respectively. When Thorpe's results were reinstated 70 years later, his gold medal status was returned while the other three athletes kept their upgraded placings—resulting in two gold medalists.


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's Pentathlon". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Distances for these two Germans are unknown. Since all other athletes' places are known, Waitzer and Halt took 22nd and 24th places, though which took which place is unknown.
  3. ^ Waitzer's distance in the javelin throw is also unknown, though it was less than 33.36 metres as he finished in last place.
  4. ^ a b Halt's score from the first event is either 22 or 24 points, giving him a total of 32 or 34. If it is 22, Halt would be placed 18th, between Menaul (17th) and Ericson (19th). If it is 24, Halt is tied at 20th with Kröjer, and Ericson is placed 18th.


  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 9 January 2007.